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    I sell Sam Brown shields and have been very happy with them. Not to mention Sam happens to be a really cool guy. I am also familiar with Shields of Valor which are nicely made as well. Conway also makes a decent shield. What I really like about Sam Brown shields are the turn around times. 2.5 weeks for a custom front shield is pretty impressive


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    My gold leaf shield came from Bob Stella. It was hand painted with the design I wanted. Very happy with the work. Still holding up well, just a little discolered from smoke and heat. It yellowed a little bit, probably the laquer or varnish that he uses to seal them. The base he paints on is Sam Brown shields. Again no problem with the leather.

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    Anyone have a paul conway gold leaf shield?

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    I personally have 2 shields from Conway and like them very much. I think my Chief has a Conway gold leaf .....will let you know if that is who makes it ......it is of good quality.
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    I've always used 'Thefirstore' for my leather fronts.. The most recent one being delivered in less then a week!! Never had any problems with them and also like their online build it buy it deal too.. In reference to the reflective lettering, I've found that after a few good fires they'll start to bubble... But I've never completely burned them off...
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    I have to agree with Signal99...Stellas shields are AWESOME. Beautiful work...

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    also see this guys work ...........http://wellnapfire.tripod.com/4alarmhelmetshields/
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    I believe the ones our department ordered for us are from Sam (would have to pull it off my helmet to check) and have held up well.

    I also have two Shields of Valor ones, but neither saw much use. One was on my old industrial helmet that was really only used in training, and the other I had on my department helmet for about 2 days before the new ones arrived (miscommunication). Still, they're both well made.
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    Nothing beats a Paul Conway shield.

    Better quality and sure is durable.
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    i did not....it was a dept issue shield. i had alreadt ordered a shield from the fire store that i liked better. the shield in question is still serviceable...it just don't fit quite like it used to!!!
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    I've always had good luck with conway shields to the point that they are now standard issue to my paid and my volunteer departments. Doing a web search one day, I came across www.parksales.com/fdfronts.htm This is the only place I've seen that will do Boston style shields and the turn around time seems to be pretty reasonable as well. If anyone has had experience with these, I'm interested to know how they hold up. Just thought I'd toss in my 2 cents and another option for ya'll. Cheers, Clay

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