19th CENTURY ALL LEATHER FIREMAN HELMET

For auction is what I believe to be a circa 1840 to 1860 all leather Fireman helmet. I do not know the country of origin, but believe it to be European. If anyone has any information to add, Please let me know and I will share it with others. Helmet features all leather construction with original brass chin strap. Most helmets I have found had a brass comb, this one has a heavy leather comb that does not feel hollow? The chin strap is covered with leather, and brass attached to it. All stitching is intact and tight, even inside the helmet. The inside of the neck cover is painted with letters; R.G.L. EAL, I'm sure that is somebody's name. I can find no other marks on helmet. Condition is very fine, showing much hard use. A very good looking helmet that will make a nice display item. Very low reserve.

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I have had a number of different opinions as to the country that used this helmet, one said it was American and another said it was Mexican, so I contacted Peter Molloy at the worlds largest Firemans Museum; the Hall of Flame in Phoenix AZ is Peters response;

Tom: Thanks for the photos. We have several helmets of this type. They
were commonly used by volunteer fire brigades or by brigades in smaller
towns in Great Britain. They were in use from the 1870s through the 1920s
or so. Thay were leather versions of the brass helmets favored by the
London Fire Brigade and popularized by London FB's famous chief, Massey
Shaw (Captain Shaw of Gilbert & Sullivan musicals).
Sonetimes the crest on the front contains the initials of the fire brigade,
like LFB for London, but from what I can see yours appears to be a standard
fire brigade standard. It could certainly have been used in Ireland.
I don't think that helmets of this style came into use before Shaw came on
the scene in the 1860s. I believe that both Merryweather and Shand Mason
made the helmets.
Best regards, Peter

Anyone who has bid on this helmet based on the original information in the listing, may cancel their bid if desired. Thank you,Tom

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