02/26/12 190 W, 2 I - + 20 - 29 Very Old Raleigh Fire Helmets

February 2012
Here's another very old helmet, this one one of two recently acquired by the Raleigh Fire Museum. It's another Cairns helmet, perhaps another High Eagle model? The shield is believed to be original. The date or era is a mystery. Perhaps 1920s or earlier? Perhaps very earlier? The material is also metal instead of leather. Probably tin. Donated by Capt. Gary Amato, from the estate of Col. Bob Biggs. Here's a posting from 2009 on the evolution of the Raleigh fire helmet. We'll work on updating that one as well. Click once or twice to enlarge:

September 2008
Here's a treat from an antique collector in Wake Forest. He took these pictures of a Cairns High Eagle helmet, circa perhaps 1900s. It was found in a local antique shop (!) and originated with a Raleigh fireman. No other information is know at this time. Such helmets were likely used at the turn of the century, and perhaps just by a few fireman. Maybe exclusively by fire company foremen. They also appear, here and there, in photos from the 1920s. Click once or twice to enlarge:

To clarify this posting, the item was obtained in a local antique shop, and is presently in possession of an antique collector. This person provided the photos.
Legeros - 09/18/08 - 18:56

I’m sure there are more folks out there that know for a fact, but if I’m not mistaken I would put the red helmet in the age of pre-1954, as it has a NY tag inside. Cairns moved to Clifton, NJ sometime in the (again, correct me if I’m wrong) mid-fifties. Very nice pieces, both. Congratulations on the acquisition.
Duda (Email) - 02/27/12 - 09:50

Some say ’46-‘47, others say ’49-‘50 is when they moved to Jersey.
Silver - 03/06/12 - 21:35

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