From the mid-1800s to the present, untold numbers of firefighter badges have been produced, mostly in German silver (a copper alloy made with nickel and zinc) and brass. Shapes have ranged from simple ovals and thumbnails to more elaborate shields and Maltese crosses, which are symbols of protection for those who see it and courage for those who wear it. As with fire helmets, presentation pieces are the most highly sought by collectors of Continue Reading