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Paint Decorated Leather Parade Hat - Red
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Paint Decorated Leather Parade Hat - PRICE ON REQUEST
Possibly Pennsylvania, Circa 1840
Painted leather
6 x 13.5 x 12.5 inches

With scrolled brim, in red paint with gold lettering and black accents, the top bears initials "G.S.", while the sides bear word "WESTERN" and initials "WEC".

Early fire hats probably originated around 1740 and were probably made by saddlers and leather workers. They were most commonly painted red, black, green or blue, with contrasting lettering or ornament. The central field depicted an image that was chosen by the fire company, with the initials of the owner on the top. The stovepipe form of the earlier hats eventually gave way to hats with extended protective brims but the stovepipe hats were still created and worn for parades and ceremonial events.

For more information on antique fire hats, see Courtney E. Booth and Robert E. Booth "Parade Hats of America's Early Volunteer Firemen," The Magazine Antiques (April, 2004), pp. 94-103.

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