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Heritage fireman's helmets on sale.

A COLLECTION of historic fireman's helmets go up for auction today.

They were found at the back of a cupboard by the family of Benjamin Craven, a mussel and salmon fisherman on Conwy quay - but who was also a part time fireman.

He served from the Thirties and throughout the Second World War and beyond, with a long-service badge to prove it.

When he retired, he was presented with an impressive ceremonial helmet, the front embossed with the initials CCFB for either Conwy Council or Caernarfonshire County Fire Brigade and the central metal plume decorated on both sides with fiery dragons.

When he died in 1954, however, the helmet, together with the everyday version Mr Craven wore on duty, were put at the back of a cupboard in his Conwy home and forgotten. Until now.

Colwyn Bay auctioneers Rogers Jones Co will offer the presentation helmet and its working counterpart to eager collectors of firefighter memorabilia in a sale of fine art, antiques and collectors' items today . They will be sold with a fireman's axe and WI fireman's helmet and are expected to sell for around pounds 100.

The helmets were discovered when Mr Craven's family cleared the house following the death last February of his daughter-in-law Marian Craven.Auctioneer David Rogers Jones said: "The cupboard was tucked under the eaves of a bedroom. When it was opened, they found the helmets wrapped up in a bag. No one knows how long they had been there, but it must have been at least 35 years." ? RING 01492-532176 or
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Publication:Daily Post (Liverpool, England)
Date:May 31, 2011
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