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This is an exact reproduction of a brass Merriweather-pattern helmet from late Victorian England, used by the Fire Fighter Officers. It comes with very detailed brass dragon sculpture on the side and on top. Inside the helmet is a leather covering to provide comfort against the brass. Also comes with beautiful shiny brass chain. Its a great addition to any nautical collection. The item dimensions are: L: 12 inches, H: 10 inches, H: 11 inches.
Merryweather helmets were used by British fire brigades from the Victorian era (1868) until the 20th Century. Leather helmets were first used by insurance firefighters in the 18th and 19th Century. The Merryweather was modelled after helmets worn by cuirassiers of the French Army, the helmets were made of brass or nickel. Metal helmets are conductive, which was a safety hazard as use of electricity became widespread, due to the risk of live wires falling from overhead. As a result they were slowly replaced by the modern structural fire helmets, similar to the ones used in North American jurisdictions.