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French Brass Firemanís Helmet, 19th C, De Blaye
In the 19th and early 20th Centuries, the French had some of the most attractive firemanís helmets ever made. Looking very much like their military counterparts, except with a brass finish, they show very good workmanship and must have been quite expensive to make. Brass skull with two fixed soldered neck lames; high comb in classical style screwed to the top and extending down to the neck lames (somewhat damaged in back). Rivetted visor with turned edge. Highly ornate embossed crest with a flaming bomb in a shield surrounded by axes and acanthus leaves and bearing a banner with "SAPEURS POMPIERS DE BLAYE". Leather chin straps with brass scales; rosettes covering the pivoting attachment points. Original red feather pompom on left side. Original black leather lining with lacing. Very good original condition, with minor dents and the damage noted to the comb.
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