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Catalog Number 1955.350.005
Object Name Certificate, Membership
Scope & Content Detroit Fire Department active duty certificate, engraved by Capewell and Kimmel, and issued to James R. Elliott on October 1, 1851. The document bears the signatures of President Robert T. Elliott, Treasurer Alexander Paton, and Secretary Benjamin Vernor, beside a blue embossed Fire Department of the City of Detroit seal. Hand-colored illustrations of uniformed firefighters, an early fire apparatus and firefighting equipment, the seal of the State of Michigan, and Neptune flanked by two winged monsters are bordered by scrollwork. The number "4" has been added to the helmets of the firefighters, likely indicating Elliott's involvement in Lafayette Fire Company No. 4. The certificate is mounted on linen.
Date 1851
People Elliott, James R.
Extent of Description 18" x 13.5"
Collection Fire Department
Search Terms Lafayette Fire Company No. 4
Detroit Fire Department
Firefighters
Capewell and Kimmel
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