Here is a super nice and earlier Carlstadt, (NJ) Fire Department fire breast badge to add to your collection. It was very recently acquired, and is being offered here by us for the first time ever anywhere. We have handled 100's of both Fire and Police badges, and have never, had, or seen this type of fire badge before. The shape is unusual, but what really makes it unusual is the shaking hands at the center bottom of this badge. Is it referring to a particular merging of their ladder companies into one? Or possibly it was just a style of badge that they had never seen before, and just wanted their badges to be different from any other departments. Whatever the case might be, this is one handsome looking badge! It is maker marked: H.M. Allen 90 Fulton St. N.Y. which by the way is not listed in my "Law Enforcement Memorabilia" Identification guide. This book has 19 pages of both Police and Fire badge manufactures. It does list "Allen" as a badge maker, but it doesn't say when, and what the address was in NY. Apparently it wasn't in business very long, and was probably either put out of business, by one of the large companies, (Cairns, Braxmar, etc.) or bought out by one of them. Whatever the case, we have never had a badge before by this maker. So we will go out on a limb, and say that this is, a rare badge. Both style, as well as maker. It is either made of nickel silver, or brass based with a nickel silver plating, with a brass attachment pin. It is a nice size badge, and measures, 2-1/4" X 2-1/4." Don't miss out on adding this great piece of Carlstadt/New Jersey/Fire history to your collection. We attempt to be as accurate as possible with our descriptions, so there are no surprises to the lucky buyer. Our photos should tell you just about all of the rest. Please email us with any questions or concerns that you may have. You will be answered in a timely manner. If asking on or near the weekend, give us a little more time to respond, as we may be away on business.
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