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1940s Cairns & Brother Fireman Bib Shirt - Men's XL

1940s Cairns & Brother Fireman Bib Shirt - Men's XL

Regular price $425.00
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Rare vintage circa 1940s red cotton uniform shirt made the famous firemen's equipment company Cairns & Brother. The shirt features a bib front and cuffs that require removable uniform buttons, one regular button at the front of the collar, and a sleeve patch from a fire department in Rome, NY. This style of shirt was worn by firemen in the 1800s, and continued to be produced for volunteer firemen, likely as parade uniforms. We believe this item is from the late 1940s/early 1950s because Cairns & Brother moved to New Jersey from New York in 1945, and switched to making primarily helmets in the 1960s. A museum-worthy piece of firefighting history!

Measurements and Condition:

Fits like: Men's XL (see exact measurements below to ensure fit)
Fabric: Feels like cotton twill
Brand: Cairns & Brother Inc,
Condition: Good, with some dark discoloration around the left cuff/wrist (see close up), and a couple other smaller scattered dark spots.

Length: 31.5"
Chest: 46"
Waist: 45"
Shoulders (seam to seam): 19"
Sleeve: 23.5"
Cuff: 9" if buttoned

Shown on a 5’8” model with measurements of 34”-26”-37”, usually wears a size small. See our FAQ for more info on sizing and condition ratings.



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