Dellís Leather Works


19th Century Firemenís Belt/Fire Zouave Belt
  1. This historical belt was copied from originals found by Cpl. David Plass, 5th NY Duryea Zouaves, in the Hudson Firemen's Museum in Hudson NY.

Comrades:

As President Thompson noted, Dell's Leatherworks is offering leather Fire Belts as worn by many of the 11th NY Fire Zouaves. I saw these at the recent Officers & NCOs School, and they are very well done indeed. From a historical standpoint I thought I would pass on some of the NY Volunteer Fire Companies represented in the ranks of the Fire Zouaves. Each Engine or Hose Company had a "motto" which was emblazoned on the belt -- "Washington", "Oceanus", etc. Brownell (Ellsworth's Avenger) had "Premier" which was his fire company in Troy, NY.

Co.A:
Engine 25 "Cataract", Hose 42 "Mazeppa"

Co.B:
Engine 9 "Marion", Engine 16 "Mohawk", Engine 40 "Lady Washington"

Co.C:
Hose 41 "Alert"

Co.D:
Engine 34 "Howard"

Co.E:
Hose 7 "Ringgold", Hose 22 "Phoenix"

Co.F:
Engine 6 "Americus"

Co.G:
Hose 2 "Niagara", Engine 13 "Eagle"

Co.H:
Engine 20 "Washington"

Co.I:
Engine 11 "Oceanus", Hose 15 "Atlantic"

Co.K:
Engine 14 "Colombian"

Others were represented as well, most of the Volunteer Fire Companies had men in the Fire Zouaves. But these are ones that sent a large number into the Fire Zouaves.

Best wishes
Capt. Pohanka

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