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Center-fire police revolver

Center-fire police revolver
Creator: Meriden Firearms Company
Date: between 1907 and 1909
Double-action center-fire revolver. Empire State model produced by the Meriden Firearms Company. The Meriden Firearms Company was a subsidiary of Sears and Roebuck Company from 1907 to 1909. The pistol was used on the Topeka City Police force.


Center-fire revolver

Center-fire revolver
Creator: Colt Patent Firearms Manufacturing Company
Date: 1884
Colt Single Action nickel-plated Army Revolver with ivory handle. 45 caliber. Ornately engraved throughout. Presented to Patrick F. Sughrue by the citizens of Dodge City on December 18, 1884. Sughrue served as Constable of Dodge City from 1877 to 1879 and then as Sherriff of Ford County from 1884 to 1888. Sughrue gave the pistol to his son in 1904 after his son suffered a severe injury. His son later had the pistol engraved to commemorate its initial presentation to his father.


Dance card

Dance card
Date: 1891
Multi-page dance card from the Second Annual Ball of the Topeka Police Relief Association, January 22, 1891. Belonged to John W. Gardiner, who was Topeka's Chief of Police from 1889 to 1892.


Fire ax

Fire ax
Date: between 1880 and 1930
Fire ax with steel head and oak handle. Cast steel head has wide bit with slightly curved cutting edge. Elongated poll forms a pick. Head is painted in red enamel, with black detailing.


Fire bucket

Fire bucket
Date: between 1880 and 1889
Tall narrow black leather fireman's bucket used on a horse-drawn fire wagon. The donor, George Luty, was the fire chief of Kiowa, Kansas.


Fire hose

Fire hose
Date: between 1900 and 1968
Woven fire house with rubber liner and brass fittings. This hose was used by the Lucas, Kansas Rural Fire District #2 from 1945 to 1968.


Firehose nozzle

Firehose nozzle
Date: between 1850 and 1930
Brass nozzle for fire hose. Short, slender nozzle with tapered tip.


Firehose nozzle

Firehose nozzle
Creator: Eureka Fire Hose Manufacturing Company
Date: between 1880 and 1930
Long firehose pipe with brass nozzle. Pipe's long tapering shaft is wrapped in cording which is painted red. The makers of this hose pipe, Eureka Fire Hose Manufacturing Company, operated in New York, New York for many years.


Fireman's Badge

Fireman's Badge
Date: between 1886 and 1901
Badge for E.L. Skelton, Assistant Fire Chief of Parsons, Kansas. Gold. In three sections linked by small chains. Edward Lincoln Skelton (1854-1915) had become First Assistant Chief by at least 1898. Prior to his appointment as Assistant Chief he served as Foreman of Hook and Ladder Company Number 1.


Fireman's cap

Fireman's cap
Date: between 1890 and 1899
Navy blue felt fireman's cap with oval crown sides and flat top. Belonged to Edward Lincoln Skelton (1854-1915) of the Parsons, Kansas Fire Department. Skelton had become First Assistant Chief by at least 1898. Prior to his appointment as Assistant Chief he served as Foreman of Hook and Ladder Company Number 1.


Police nightstick

Police nightstick
Date: between 1904 and 1909
Cylindrical turned mahogany nightstick with red tassels. Belonged to Frank L. Randall (1860-1909), a police officer on the Kansas City, Kansas police force.


Ribbon

Ribbon
Creator: Dodge City Fire Department
Date: between 1892 and 1902
Double-sided ribbon for the Dodge City Fire Department. Front is red, white, and blue. Back is black for mourning. Made by Whitehead & Hoag of Newark and marked with an 1894 patent.


Round bow handcuffs

Round bow handcuffs
Creator: Tower
Date: between 1860 and 1869
Pair of steel, round bow, adjustable ratchet handcuffs. These handcuffs were used in Dodge City. This model was known as Second Model Tower Bottom Key Handcuffs. Tower was the first handcuff manufacturer to use the adjustable ratchet cuff. Tower produced handcuffs from the 1860s until World War II.


Topeka Police Chief badge

Topeka Police Chief badge
Date: 1889
Gold badge in shape of a six-pointed star. Bar and pin attached to top by three rings. Worn by John W. Gardiner who was Chief of Police in Topeka from 1889 to 1892.


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