09/28/12 157 W, 1 I - + 5 - 5 Raleigh Fire Department Hose Company Badge

Bought this on eBay last week. Gold cap badge about two inches high. Reads "Hose Co. No. 1" and "Raleigh F.D." Should date to between 1913 and 1926. The former's the year the first motor apparatus was delivered. By the latter year, the city's hose companies were called engine companies. Who would've worn such a badge? Good question. Given the gold color, presumably a company officer?

Now for a harder question. Is it authentic? That one's a good question. Haven't seen on of these before, though this being a cap badge, it would've been harder to notice in photos. Could be a one-off, maybe a badge that an individual member had made for themselves? Or maybe it's from a different Raleigh Fire Department? The seller was located in PA. How many other towns or cities are named Raleigh? Maybe readers know. Meanwhile, it makes for a good mystery.

Looks like we are the winner! Our friend Mr.Google finds no other cities or towns in the entire U.S. named “Raleigh”. Makes one wonder how many other city/town names are “one of … “
Tim B (Email) - 10/01/12 - 12:26

There is a Raleigh County West Virginia, a Raleigh Georgia, a Raleigh Illinois, a Raleigh Indiana, a Raleigh Iowa, a Raleigh Kentucky, a Raleigh mississippi, a Raleigh North Dakota, and a Raleigh Texas according to Microsoft Map Point.
Russell - 10/01/12 - 15:23

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