Monday, March 17, 2008
FDNY / Wandowenock
This came up on Ebay:
"This is a fireman's exempt badge from Newtown, Long Island, New York. Newtown was a town in Queens County, NY before Queens became a part of NYC in 1898. Newtown was renamed Elmhurst in 1896. Exempt was frequently part of the title of volunteer fire companies in this area because the firemen were exempt from jury duty and possibly other things. The badge is embossed metal with a laurel leaf motif. It measures approximately 2 1/2" by 1 5/8". It probably originally had a golden finish, but just a trace of the gilding remains. It reads "Town of Newtown,L.I. Exempt" and the original threaded pin nut reads: "C. G. Braxmar Co. 10 Maiden Lane NY". The company still is in business today at another address!"
It went for $142.57
I believe this was worn on their hats.