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Folk Art Portrait of an Indian Brave
Most likely from a fire engine panel or hose cart decoration
Date/Period: Circa 1860-1880


Most likely from a fire engine panel or hose cart decoration

Measurement: Frame: 17.5" x 17.5"; view: 13.5" x 13.5"

Material: Oil on panel mounted within a period walnut frame

Condition: Excellent, trivial fill to an old shrinkage fissure, displays beautifully

Additional Information: Decorated panel, likely from a fire engine or hose cart
featuring an Indian brave with musket and holding a tomahawk at rest…shown
in landscape; large campfire burns in the distance. The composition
within a gold circle is centered by decorated spandrels.

$3,950.00

505-205


Most likely from a fire engine panel or hose cart decoration



Fire Mark, Lead, Wire Reinforced, FA, Fire Association of Philadelphia, RARE
Founded 1817
Date/Period: 1827


Fire Mark, Lead, Wire Reinforced, FA, Fire Association of Philadelphia, RARE

Measurement: 11.75" x 7.5"

Material: Lead, iron wire

Condition: Very good, traces of historic paint

Refrence: See Bulau, Footprints of Assurance pages 46 and 47; also,
American Fire Marks, The Insurance Company of North America Collection,
1933, page 47. [Conflicting date of 1857]

Additional Information: Extremely rare, lead, hollow back, wire
reinforced edge, policy number not visible.

$2,100

505-175


Fire Mark, Lead, Wire Reinforced, FA, Fire Association of Philadelphia, RARE



Fire Mark, Philadelphia Contributionship Issue of 1774, RARE
The Philadelphia Contributionship for the Insurance of Houses from Loss by Fire
is the oldest property insurance company in the United States. It was organized
by Benjamin Franklin in 1752; incorporated in 1768.

Date/Period: 1774


Fire Mark, Philadelphia Contributionship Issue of 1774, RARE

Measurement: 15.5 by 10.5 by 2”

Material: Lead casting, pine backboard

Condition: Original pine backboard, condition consistent with age and
use, wood and nail losses as depicted; typical trivial chips, and
repaired shrinkage cracks.

Refrence: Bulau, Footprints of Assurance, pages 26 and 27, number
8; see, American Fire marks, The Insurance Company of North
America Collection
, 1933, p. 20.

Additional Information: Four clasped hands, thumb up, representing the
community helping each other.

An old label states that this plaque was removed from 322 Delancey Street, Philadelphia.

$4,250.00

505-172


Fire Mark, Philadelphia Contributionship Issue of 1774, RARE

Fire Mark, Philadelphia Contributionship Issue of 1774, RARE



Fire Mark, Fire Association of Philadelphia, Lead, Reinforced Edge, RARE
Date/Period: Circa 1827


Fire Mark, Fire Association of Philadelphia, Lead, Reinforced Edge, RARE

Measurement: 7.5 by 11.75”

Material: Lead, iron wire

Condition: Very good, traces of black paint, single additional
nail piercing, else consistent with age.

Refrence: See Bulau, Footprints of Assurance pages 46 and
47; also, American Fire Marks, The Insurance Company of North America
Collection
, 1933, page 47. [Conflicting date of 1857]

Additional Information: Extremely rare, lead, hollow back, wire
reinforced edge, policy number visible.

$2,250.00

505-173


Fire Mark, Fire Association of Philadelphia, Lead, Reinforced Edge, RARE



Brass Fire Mark, Fire Association of Philadelphia
Date/Period: Circa 1859


Brass Fire Mark, Fire Association of Philadelphia

Measurement: 7.5 by 11.75

Material: Brass, traces of red paint

Condition: Very good, tiny trivial repair above top nail piercing, else consistent with age and use.

Refrence: Bulau, Footprints of Assurance, pages 46 and 47; also, American
Fire Marks, The Insurance Company of North America Collection 1933, page
48. [Conflicting date of 1857]

Additional Information: Amongst the rarest, most sought after, only 12 issued.

$2,450.00

505-174


Brass Fire Mark, Fire Association of Philadelphia



Fire Bucket, Mutual Fire Society, Clasped Hands
Date/Period: 1829


Fire Bucket, Mutual Fire Society, Clasped Hands

Measurement: Height: 12.25"

Material: Leather, polychrome

Condition: Missing handle, paint loss to lowest section

Additional Information: Clasped hands above “NO. 2”, “MUTUAL
FIRE SOCIETY” within banner.

$3,150.00

1310-161


Fire Bucket, Mutual Fire Society, Clasped Hands

Fire Bucket, Mutual Fire Society, Clasped Hands

Fire Bucket, Mutual Fire Society, Clasped Hands

Fire Bucket, Mutual Fire Society, Clasped Hands



Leather Fire Bucket, Humane Fire Society, Portsmouth, New Hampshire,
Paint Decorated Nathaniel A. Haven’s Bucket, he Joined the
Humane Fire Society January 6, 1814 Probably the Only Extant
Bucket Displaying Owner’s Address: 45 Pleasant Street
Date/Period: 1814


Leather Fire Bucket, Humane Fire Society, Portsmouth, New Hampshire, Paint Decorated
          Nathaniel A. Haven’s Bucket, he Joined the Humane Fire Society January 6, 1814
          Probably the Only Extant Bucket Displaying Owner’s Address: 45 Pleasant Street

Measurement: Height: 11"

Material: Leather, polychrome

Condition: Very good, oxidized paint; Original handle mended by our restorer [before-and-after pictures available].

Additional Information: The design of the bucket is specified in the Humane Fire Society by-
laws [no mention of address requirement]. This is the first bucket we [and colleagues] have seen of
this vintage with an address. The fact that the by-laws exist is great. They confirm that Nathaniel
Appleton Haven Jr. joined the Humane Fire Society January 6, 1814.
Front of the bucket displays “No./1” over a scrolled banner reading “N. A. Haven Jr” surmounted with
angelic figure flanked by scrolls. Beneath the banner is displayed “H-F-S” above “1796”. The owners
address “45 Pleasant Street” is displayed on the back.

$6,325.00

935-52


Leather Fire Bucket, Humane Fire Society, Portsmouth, New Hampshire, Paint Decorated
          Nathaniel A. Haven’s Bucket, he Joined the Humane Fire Society January 6, 1814
          Probably the Only Extant Bucket Displaying Owner’s Address: 45 Pleasant Street

Leather Fire Bucket, Humane Fire Society, Portsmouth, New Hampshire, Paint Decorated
          Nathaniel A. Haven’s Bucket, he Joined the Humane Fire Society January 6, 1814
          Probably the Only Extant Bucket Displaying Owner’s Address: 45 Pleasant Street

Leather Fire Bucket, Humane Fire Society, Portsmouth, New Hampshire, Paint Decorated
          Nathaniel A. Haven’s Bucket, he Joined the Humane Fire Society January 6, 1814
          Probably the Only Extant Bucket Displaying Owner’s Address: 45 Pleasant Street



Leather Fire Bucket, Federal Fire Society, Portsmouth, New Hampshire, Paint Decorated
Joseph Haven’s Bucket, he was a founding member of the Federal Fire Society in 1789
Date/Period: Circa 1793


Leather Fire Bucket, Federal Fire Society, Portsmouth, New Hampshire, Paint Decorated Joseph Haven’s Bucket, he was a founding member of the Federal Fire Society in 1789

Measurement: Height: 12.25"; height at handle: 19.25"

Material: Leather, polychrome

Condition: The bucket is in very good condition displaying highly oxidized paint; leather handle
is likely a very old replacement.

Additional Information: Front of the bucket painted “No./1.” Over a reserved with angelic figure above
the inscriptions “Joseph Haven/1793,” “Federal F. S.,” and flickering flames, the back
painted with red, yellow, and black stripes.

Literature: See Federal Fire Society of Portsmouth New Hampshire, published by the same in 1905.
Joseph Haven is listed as one of the founding members of the Federal Fire Society, which was first
organized March 6, 1789. In the “Biographical Notes” section on page 20, Joseph Haven is listed as a
merchant and lived “on Pleasant Street in the three-storied house, corner of Richmond Street, which he
built in 1790. He died July 14, 1829, aged seventy-two years.”

$5,700.00

935-53


Leather Fire Bucket, Federal Fire Society, Portsmouth, New Hampshire, Paint Decorated Joseph Haven’s Bucket, he was a founding member of the Federal Fire Society in 1789

Leather Fire Bucket, Federal Fire Society, Portsmouth, New Hampshire, Paint Decorated Joseph Haven’s Bucket, he was a founding member of the Federal Fire Society in 1789



Extremely Rare Trumpet Shape Fire Horn,
Speaking Trumpet, Presentation
United States, Second-half 19th Century, About 1860,
Often used for parade, carried by the chief leading parade, mouthpiece down, the bell with flowers


Antique Turned Great Chair with Mushroom Cap Handholds, Circa 1750, angle view

Colorless lead glass; blown, frosted, cut and engraved…probably commemorative, honoring distinguished service. We handled one other example and are familiar with that which is in the Corning Glass Museum Collection. [Accession number: 69.4.1] (Height: 20"; diameter: 8")

$13,975

1205-1


Antique Turned Great Chair with Mushroom Cap Handholds, Circa 1750, entire view

Antique Turned Great Chair with Mushroom Cap Handholds, Circa 1750, entire view



Franklin Fire Society-Charlestown-Protection in Danger
Probably owned by Albert Tufts, Charlestown, Massachusetts
Fire Bucket
Washington Cenotaph
Charlestown, Massachusetts
Circa 1800SOLD


Franklin Fire Society-Charlestown-Protection in Danger
Probably owned by Albert Tufts, Charlestown, Massachusetts
Fire Bucket
Washington Cenotaph
Charlestown, Massachusetts
Circa 1800, entire view

Fire buckets such as the depicted having identified historic motifs are scarcely encountered. This example, a leather bucket decorated and identified with "Franklin Fire Society-Charlestown-Protection in Danger", with owners name below...( rt) Tufts; only the last two letters of the first name are visible due to surface losses. Charlestown is painted along the vertical seam on the back. The central device is a large cenotaph or memorial urn with initial "W". This urn motif was used on a variety of medals, ceramics, prints and textiles circa 1800 in the months following Washington's death. The paint is 90% intact, all decoration and lettering is original; minor touch-up to small area on the reverse. The handle is period but may be a replacement; detached at one "D" ring with the other ring being a replacement...easily repaired by or leather restorer or yours. Our supposition is that the bucket was owned by Albert Tufts who was born 17 August, 1804; son of Hutchinson Jr. and Mary Locke Tufts.

SOLD

232-88


Franklin Fire Society-Charlestown-Protection in Danger
Probably owned by Albert Tufts, Charlestown, Massachusetts
Fire Bucket
Washington Cenotaph
Charlestown, Massachusetts
Circa 1800, back view
Franklin Fire Society-Charlestown-Protection in Danger
Probably owned by Albert Tufts, Charlestown, Massachusetts
Fire Bucket
Washington Cenotaph
Charlestown, Massachusetts
Circa 1800, scale view
Franklin Fire Society-Charlestown-Protection in Danger
Probably owned by Albert Tufts, Charlestown, Massachusetts
Fire Bucket
Washington Cenotaph
Charlestown, Massachusetts
Circa 1800, detail view



19th Century Presentation
Fire Department Speaking Trumpet
Anonymous maker, Circa 1870
Heavy silver-plated copper, interior gold washed

EAGLE HOSE COMPANY No. 1 - LAWRENCE MASS.
PRESENTED TO FOREMAN CW FORSTER
BY THE EAGLE HOSE CO. – NO. 1
MAY 3RD. 1871


19th Century Presentation Fire Department Speaking Trumpet
Anonymous maker, Circa 1870
Heavy silver-plated copper, interior gold washed, entire view

Featured is a 3.25-inch oval lozenge with relief bust of George Washington; the bell
features three raised busts of helmeted Roman soldiers. Allover engraving; cast and
applied ornamentation and belting. Overall condition is excellent, some silver thinning
on high spots…limited to busts. (Length: 23.75")


19th Century Presentation Fire Department Speaking Trumpet
Anonymous maker, Circa 1870
Heavy silver-plated copper, interior gold washed, detail view 1

19th Century Presentation Fire Department Speaking Trumpet
Anonymous maker, Circa 1870
Heavy silver-plated copper, interior gold washed, detail view 2

19th Century Presentation Fire Department Speaking Trumpet
Anonymous maker, Circa 1870
Heavy silver-plated copper, interior gold washed, detail view 3

19th Century Presentation Fire Department Speaking Trumpet
Anonymous maker, Circa 1870
Heavy silver-plated copper, interior gold washed, detail view 4

$4,250.00

232-382




Fire Pumper, Lithograph, Brooklyn 10, Amoskeag Mfg. Co., Great Color
Manchester, New Hampshire
Litho by Charles Crosby, Boston
Circa 1865 to 1875


Fire Pumper, Lithograph, Brooklyn 10, Amoskeag Mfg. Co., Great Color
Manchester, New Hampshire
Litho by Charles Crosby, Boston
Circa 1865 to 1875, entire view

Very fine, outstanding condition; mounted within a period carved walnut frame with gilt liner. (Frame: 21.5 by 27.25"; view: 17.75 by 23.5")

$3,975

232-250


Fire Pumper, Lithograph, Brooklyn 10, Amoskeag Mfg. Co., Great Color
Manchester, New Hampshire
Litho by Charles Crosby, Boston
Circa 1865 to 1875, scale view
Fire Pumper, Lithograph, Brooklyn 10, Amoskeag Mfg. Co., Great Color
Manchester, New Hampshire
Litho by Charles Crosby, Boston
Circa 1865 to 1875, text detail 1
Fire Pumper, Lithograph, Brooklyn 10, Amoskeag Mfg. Co., Great Color
Manchester, New Hampshire
Litho by Charles Crosby, Boston
Circa 1865 to 1875, text detail 2
Fire Pumper, Lithograph, Brooklyn 10, Amoskeag Mfg. Co., Great Color
Manchester, New Hampshire
Litho by Charles Crosby, Boston
Circa 1865 to 1875, text detail 3



American Paint Decorated Leather Fire Bucket, L. HASKELL / NO 1
Original Bittersweet, Yellow and, Oyster-White Against Green Paint
Date/Period: 1800-1830


American Paint Decorated Leather Fire Bucket, L. HASKELL / NO 1 Original Bittersweet, Yellow and, Oyster-White Against Green Paint, entire view

Measurement: Height: 14"; height at handle: 19.5"; diameter: 8"

Material: Stitched leather, iron rings, polychrome

Condition: Areas of flaking and loss to paint; handle is intact, one tab glued

Additional Information: Bucket retains original handle and polychrome
decoration…NO open seams.

$1,975.00

843-430


American Paint Decorated Leather Fire Bucket, L. HASKELL / NO 1 Original Bittersweet, Yellow and, Oyster-White Against Green Paint, entire view 2

American Paint Decorated Leather Fire Bucket, L. HASKELL / NO 1 Original Bittersweet, Yellow and, Oyster-White Against Green Paint, detail view 1

American Paint Decorated Leather Fire Bucket, L. HASKELL / NO 1 Original Bittersweet, Yellow and, Oyster-White Against Green Paint, detail view 2

American Paint Decorated Leather Fire Bucket, L. HASKELL / NO 1 Original Bittersweet, Yellow and, Oyster-White Against Green Paint, bottom view



Antique Alarm Rattles, Fire, Police, Battle, Muffin Bell
19th Century COLLECTION, LOT


Antique Alarm Rattles, Fire, Police, Battle, Muffin Bell 19th Century COLLECTION, LOT, entire view

Additional Information: Early forms of emergency communication… although seeing civilian use as alarms for
fire, night watchmen etc. they saw use in Civil War camps, alerting soldiers; also as
battle rattles abord ship to call pike-men to repel borders and to call back boarding
parties. All ratchets and cogs intact. Muffin Bell, circa 1840, often used to sound fire
alarm, sometimes by merchants wanting to attract customers.

Top left: An early example displaying great surface, fine condition (8.5" x 6.5" x 2)
Middle: A clean example in working condition, nicely turned handle (8.25" x 5.75" x 1.5")
Top Right: Scarcely encountered, brass fitted for weight (7 x 4.5 x 1.75")
Bottom right: Muffin bell, turned handle (11.5 x 6 x 4.5")

$850.00 the lot

1193-15




Painting, Fireman Rescuing Mother and Child, European, Iledgeable Signature
Date/Period: Circa 1900


Painting, Fireman Rescuing Mother and Child, European, Iledgeable Signature, entire view

Measurement: 24” by 30.25”.

Material: Oil on canvas

Condition: Very good, lined and re-stretched

Additional Information: The dramatic scene depicting a fireman entering window while
another holds a young child and rescues mother from the smoke-filled room.

$850.00

339-25


Painting, Fireman Rescuing Mother and Child, European, Iledgeable Signature, scale view

Painting, Fireman Rescuing Mother and Child, European, Iledgeable Signature, detail view

Painting, Fireman Rescuing Mother and Child, European, Iledgeable Signature, signature view

Painting, Fireman Rescuing Mother and Child, European, Iledgeable Signature, back view



Fire Association of Philadelphia Insurance Policy
1878


Fire Association of Philadelphia Insurance Policy 1878, entire view

Additional Information: Considered an early policy, nice graphics featuring the “FA” fireplug and hose.
Great companion piece with “FA” fire mark. This hung in the offices of the Fire
Association of Philadelphia, a.k.a. Reliance Insurance Company.
(Frame: 24" x 21.25"; view: 16.25" x 13.5")

$375.00

1193-9


Fire Association of Philadelphia Insurance Policy 1878, entire view sans frame

Fire Association of Philadelphia Insurance Policy 1878, detail view



Antique Cast Iron Oval Fire Mark, Fire Association of Philadelphia, Circa 1820
Historic surface, 19th century red, traces of later overpaint, 8" x 12" (Balou-84)


Antique Cast Iron Oval Fire Mark, Fire Association of Philadelphia, Circa 1820 Historic surface, 19th century red, traces of later overpaint, 8'' x 12'' (Balou-84), entire view

Additional Information: Raised “F.A.,” centering fire hydrant; hose ending at center of hydrant; flat back.

$295.00

1193-45




Antique Cast Iron Oval Fire Mark,
Fire Association of Philadelphia, Circa 1863
Historic surface, 19th century red, 8" x 12" (Bulau-88)


Antique Cast Iron Oval Fire Mark, Fire Association of Philadelphia, Circa 1863 
Historic surface, 19th century red, 8'' x 12'' (Bulau-88), entire view

Additional Information: Raised “F.A.,” centering fire hydrant; hose ending at center of hydrant; slightly convex,
hollow back and no drainage knob.

$295.00

1193-43




Antique Cast Iron Oval Fire Mark,
Fire Association of Philadelphia, Circa 1820
Historic surface, 19th century red, 8" x 12" (Balou-88)


Antique Cast Iron Oval Fire Mark, Fire Association of Philadelphia, Circa 1820 
Historic surface, 19th century red, 8'' x 12'' (Balou-88), entire view

Additional Information: Raised “F.A.,” centering fire hydrant; hose ending at center of hydrant; flat back.

$295.00

1193-46




Antique Cast Iron Oval Fire Mark,
Fire Association of Philadelphia, Circa 1820
Historic surface, 19th century red, 8" x 12" (Balou-84)


Antique Cast Iron Oval Fire Mark, Fire Association of Philadelphia, Circa 1820 
Historic surface, 19th century red, 8'' x 12'' (Balou-84), entire view

Additional Information: Raised “F.A.,” centering fire hydrant; hose ending at center of hydrant; flat back.

$295.00

1193-41




Parade Belts


Royal Exchange Assurance Fire Mark 
Issued about 1835, Bulau 632, entire view

Fairmont Fire Co “2”

Additional Information: (Length: 45.75")
Black with red sawtooth border, leather fastener with numeral “2”

$290.00

1193-31

Humane 1 – 1852

Additional Information: (Length: 40")
Black with white sawtooth border, fastener dated “1852”

$260.00

1193-28




Royal Exchange Assurance Fire Mark
Issued about 1835, Bulau 632


Royal Exchange Assurance Fire Mark 
Issued about 1835, Bulau 632, entire view

Additional Information: Lead fire mark mounted on wood panel, depicting the Royal Exchange Building, issued
by the Royal Exchange Assurance of Houses and Goods from Loss by Fire. Founded
by royal charter in 1720 and itself ravaged by fire and destroyed in 1838.
(Mount 12.25" x 8"; mark: 8.5" x 4.25")

$160.00

1193-39




Royal Exchange Assurance Fire Mark
Issued about 1835, Bulau 632


Royal Exchange Assurance Fire Mark 
Issued about 1835, Bulau 632, entire view

Additional Information: Lead fire mark, depicting the Royal Exchange Building, issued by the Royal Exchange
Assurance of Houses and Goods from Loss by Fire. Founded by royal charter in 1720
and itself ravaged by fire and destroyed in 1838. (Length: 8.5"; width: 4.25")

$175.00

1193-40




19th Century Cast Iron Fire Assurance Marks
From the Reliance Insurance Collection
FA – Fire Association of Philadelphia, Founded 1817


19th Century Cast Iron Fire Assurance Marks 
From the Reliance Insurance Collection FA – Fire Association of Philadelphia, Founded 1817, entire view

Additional Information: Reliance was the nation's first successful association of volunteer fire departments,
which beforehand had been independent of one another and often engaged in
inefficient competition, which at times extended to the destruction of rivals' equipment
and the assault of rival firefighters. In addition to underwriting fire insurance, the
association served as mediator between its member engine and hose companies to
resolve the problems of the past. A lasting symbol of the company adopted at the
inception were these fire marks featuring a fireplug with coiling hose and the initials
F.A.

• (Balau numbers for “Footprints of Assurance by Alwin Bulow

Raised “F.A” and fire hydrant, slightly convex, hollow back, no drainage knob, issued in
1863. (11.5" x 7.25")
Balau 88

$170.00

1193-44




Antique Cast Iron Oval Fire Mark, Fire Association of Philadelphia, Circa 1820
Historic surface, gorgeous original green paint, 8" x 12", (Balou-84)


Antique Cast Iron Oval Fire Mark, Fire Association of Philadelphia, Circa 1820, entire view

Raised “F.A.,” centering fire hydrant; hose ending at center of hydrant; flat back.

$295.00

1193-323



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