Wonderful ca 1870 Hingham MA Fire Ward Badge by J. Robbins in Silver Plated Brass

Wonderful ca 1870 Hingham MA Fire Ward Badge by J. Robbins in Silver Plated Brass

Code: fdg01870jr


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This wonderful old New England Fire Badge came to us along with the gorgeous Hingham Fire Department Hose 1 Lieutenant Engraved Silver Presentation Badge also being listed currently. 

Apparently this archaically titled (WARD as oppose to the more modern title WARDEN) badge, was presented to the Hose 1 Lieutenant, presumably when he retired from that position and because the Town Fire Warden, in 1898. The badge was first worn by an older predecessor, John Todd, who was the Hingham Town Fire Ward from 1854 to 1879. Apparently Mr. Hersey was well-liked in Hingham, having received the engraved silver Lieutenant badge as a token of esteem "from the Boys", it is possible that Mr. Todd presented the badge to Mr. Hersey himself when he took on the new position in town. 

However the badge came to be owned by both men, it is wonderful to have the history of the 2 wearers engraved on the back of the badge for posterity! 

The badge is in silver plated brass, and was made by the early badge making firm of J. Robbins of Boston Massachusetts. It is possible that the badge was originally nickel plated brass, or it could have been silver plated brass, but, either way, it appears to have been re-plated and refurbished for its presentation to Mr. Hersey in 1898. 

A wonderful piece of Hingham Massachusetts Firefighting History. 

VINTAGE: Circa 1870.

SIZE: Approximately: 1-7/8" in diameter.


ATTACHMENT: Vertical safety-style pin.



ITEM NOTES: This is from a Fire and Rescue collection which we will be listing more of over the next few months. KBJJM24 LFGEX03/25/24

CONDITION: 8+ (Excellent)         

GUARANTEE: As with all my artifacts, this piece is guaranteed to be original, as described.