Fireman's helmet, early 20th century. This helmet belonged to Robert Peck. He volunteered for many years at the beginning of the twentieth century as a fireman with the St Albans Fire Brigade.

Helmets made of brass, like this one, were used until the 1930s when electricity in the home became much more commonplace. Brass conducts electricity and in burning buildings, there was often a risk of live wires hanging from ceilings. To reduce the risk of firemen being electrocuted, brass helmets were replaced by leather ones.
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