What a bizarre relic we recently found!
From the home town of SilverCrow, we have this badge (medal) from 1905. This badge would have been worn by Donora's representative at the (as indicated by the inscription encircling the image of the steel mill in the circular lower station):
12TH ANNUAL CONVENTION OF WESTERN PENNSYLVANIA FIREMEN
ASSOCIATION, DONORA. AUG 8 9 10. 1905
For those who do not know, and that is probably many of you since we are from a small town, Donora is located on the western shore of the Monongahela River in southwestern Pennsylvania (approximately 20 miles, as the crow flies of course, south of Pittsburgh).
The upper station is adorned with:
Which is directly below an image of a fire helmet with cross of pike poles below it.
The full badge measures (including hook) 6 inches high by 1-1/2 inch wide. The upper station measures 2 inches high (with loop) by 1-1/2 inch wide. The lower station measures 1-7/8 inch high (with loop) by 1-1/2 inch wide. The metal appears to be a silver plated brass, which has accrued quite a lovely patina through these past 100+ years.
On the reverse of the upper station, the manufacturer's name and location has been stamped into it:
An interesting bit of history for your enjoyment. Pittsburgh is now spelled with an ending H. During the years 1890 through 1911, the H was dropped from the end, as it appears here on this badge.