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Firefighting273 of 436Y-BURN WINNER "potato masher" fire extinguisherGerman Firefighting helmet
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Posted 6 years ago


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This is an aluminum helmet, likely from the "40's, made in USA< likely by Cairns. There would have been a front "shield" of leather, identifying the city and company(truck/pump) the firefighter belonged with.
Thanks for looking! Cheers!!


  1. pickrknows pickrknows, 6 years ago
    Thank-you officialfuel & packrat-place!
  2. pickrknows pickrknows, 6 years ago
    Thank-you Bellin!
  3. pickrknows pickrknows, 6 years ago
    Thank-you Perry!
  4. pickrknows pickrknows, 6 years ago
    Thank-you Vontrike!
  5. Paulbalentine, 5 years ago
    Cairns "Senator" helmet, made from aluminum, Aluminum helmets fell out of favor because of metal's tendancy to conduct electricity. if you look inside the crown of the helmet you will see a Carins & Brother medallion, they moved from New York to Clifton, New Jersey in 1948. So if it says Clifton, New Jersey on the medallion inside, the helmet is from post-1948
  6. pickrknows pickrknows, 5 years ago
    Thank-you Paulbalentine for the info, very informative. Are you on the job?
  7. pickrknows pickrknows, 5 years ago
    Had another look Paul, no mark/tag of anykind , just a lot of dust and grime, musta seen a lot of "action"!
  8. Paulbalentine, 5 years ago
    @pickrknows: Yes, I am on the job as a volunteer and paid/career (2 different departments) judging by the condition of the helmet, I would hazard a guess that it hasn't seen much action. It is in absolutely fantastic shape!!! It is possible that this was worn by a FF who wasn't particularly agressive/active in the FD or it was worn for a very short time. In my opinion, however, it doesn't detract from the value of the helmet, I don't believe that condition really effects the value of fire helmets, I have seen some really beat up helmets fetch alot of money!!
  9. pickrknows pickrknows, 4 years ago
    Thanks for the info JVS389! Cheers!!
  10. Tristar, 4 years ago
    You can tell the approximate year the helmet was made by a letter code on the metal disc inside the helmet. I just joined this site, so I don't know if other members have access to my email. If you do, send me an email, and I'll send you the information.
  11. pickrknows pickrknows, 4 years ago
    Thanks Tristar, no markings of any kind on it, sorry..
  12. Tristar, 4 years ago
    Is there a round metal disc inside the top of the helmet? It should have one, unless it was removed for some reason.
  13. ginerjm, 1 month ago
    So much confusion on dating our helmet. These posts here just added to it.
    I have read that if the foil has no 'date code' that it is a pre-1947 helmet. I have also read that if there is no chinstrap then it is 'pre-WWII'. Now I read that if it says 'Clifton NJ' that is is post-1948.

    Our recently-acquired antique does not have a date code, nor a chinstrap (no brackets or sign of them) and the foil says 'NJ'. So how old might this be?

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