Brass Helmets & Dragons

When Capt Eyre Massey Shaw was appointed Chief Officer of London Metropolitan Board of Works' "Metropolitan Fire Brigade" in 1866, one of his first tasks was to create a uniform that was practical from a working point of view, and would "distinguish our men from those who come to render voluntary assistance". His main task was directed at creating the "perfect" helmet for his men. He determined that a front peak was required to "shade the eyes without much interfering with the sight", and a back peak was required to "protect the neck and ears from molten lead, etc., without preventing the men hearing". The comb on top was required to be "constructed as with a light weight to bear a very hea

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