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Volunteer Fire Department Painting,
Torrent 10, Hand Pumper, Cleveland Ohio Circa 1850’s – 60’s
Before Torrent 10 Obtained a Steam Pumper in 1864
Oil on canvas, original carved frame; original stretcher and gilt liner


Volunteer Fire Department Painting, 

Torrent 10, Hand Pumper

Seventeen actual portraits of posed firemen wearing parade uniforms; helmets and parade belts display “FC 10” [Forest City 10] proudly flanking a crane-neck style engine with tall dome air chamber. Torrent 10 was organized 1854 when Ohio City was annexed by the city of Cleveland See the History of the Cleveland Fire Dept 1857; in 1854 Forest 2 and Washington 1 were merged as part of the annexation of Ohio City by the Cleveland Fire Department becoming Torrent 10.
See, Cleveland FD History, published 1897, page 13
See the Encyclopedia of American Hand Fire Engines presented by Handtub Junction; page 91 for the only Torrent #10 listing.
(Excellent condition; frame: 42.25" x 26.25"; view: 35.5" x 19.5")



Volunteer Fire Department Painting, 

Torrent 10, Hand Pumperdetail-1



Volunteer Fire Department Painting, 

Torrent 10, Hand Pumper entire



Volunteer Fire Department Painting, 

Torrent 10, Hand Pumper detail-2



Volunteer Fire Department Painting, 

Torrent 10, Hand Pumper detail-3



Volunteer Fire Department Painting, 

Torrent 10, Hand Pumper detail-4



Volunteer Fire Department Painting, 

Torrent 10, Hand Pumper detail-5



Volunteer Fire Department Painting, 

Torrent 10, Hand Pumper back

$20,450.00

1295-1



Previous Offerings or Gone to New Homes




Leather Helmet, Purportedly Fire Helmet, Probably Miner's Helmet, Painted No. 3
Unknown Maker
Antique - SOLD


Antique Leather Helmet, Painted No. 3, Unknown Maker, entire view

Recently purchased at auction as an early fireman's helmet, however, we find the form to be identical to French miner' helmets. Any information welcome!
(H: 4"; W: 10.5"; D: 12")

232-277 - SOLD




Hat Box
Volunteer Firefighters
By Joseph S. Tillinghast
New Bedford, Massachusetts
Circa 1835
With Nantucket History - SOLD


Antique Hat Box, Volunteer Firefighter Decoration, Massachusetts, angle view

Depicted on this extremely rare and important bandbox...the engine received in 1830 by Eagle Engine Company 13 of New York City; this company was in existence at the time of the reorganization of the NY Fire department in 1783. "In 1830", writes Mr. Zophar Mills in Our Firefighters-"they had their new engine-the first one in the city that was silver plated, and probably the only one in this country whose brass work was silver plated. The engine was painted black, gold striped, highly polished, and the back had Jupiter hurling thunderbolts painted on it in the best style of art. She was the most elegant engine seen in those days, and all expense of decoration was paid for by the company and their friends." (Zophar Mills was unanimously elected a member of this company in 1832.)
The integrity of this box remains intact with only the typical vestiges of time evident; imperfections and soiling of lid with all else being generally good. Pasted inside the cover is the manufacturer's label, on which is recorded the owner's name-Elizabeth F. Gardner-Nantucket-North Shore; owners name again inscribed in ink on exterior of lid and base. (Height: 14 3/8-inches; width: 20.5-inches; depth: 16.25-inches.)

339-16 - SOLD




Painted Leather Fireman's Hat Plate


Antique Hat Plate, Fireman's, Painted, entire view

Dimensions: 4.75 by 8.75-inches.

232-72 - SOLD




Leather Fire Bucket
W. Shepherd
1794 - SOLD


Antique Fire Bucket, Leather, Painted Decoration, entire view

As depicted, American paint decorated bucket with leather handle; yellow lettering with black conforming silhouette against a red banner surmounted with red and green painted scrolling and other decorative devices...above 1794 date surrounded by fancy scrolling centering leaf decoration. The interior painted brick-red, rolled and stitched rim painted green; bucket is a wonderful yellow color. In very good condition with the exception of one of the swing handle mounting rings being detached from body tab and handle. We have a superb, and experienced leather restoration artist available. (Height: 12.5 inches.)

724-3 - SOLD




Exceedingly Rare and Outstanding
Pressed Beaver Fur
Painted Fire Helmet
Late 18th Or Early 19th Century
Nashua, New Hampshire - SOLD


Antique Fire Helmet, Painted Decoration, New Hampshire, angle view

As depicted, FOREMAN 3 surmounted by American flag; the back decorated with hand-tub; sides and rim with fancy painted scrolling with traces of thinning gilt. Within fancy banner at rear of flaring rim with brass band is the legend-NASHUA; underside of brim painted green. It appears that the helmet once has a leather crest. Overall excellent condition.
Dimensions: 7.5-inches high, 13-inches wide, 15.25-inches deep.

216-346 - SOLD




Outstanding Oil On Panel
Eagle Engine Company
New York City.
Oil On Board
First Half 19th Century - SOLD


Antique Painting, Eagle Fire Engine Company, Oil on Board, close up

"In 1830" writes Mr. Zophar Mills, "the company was mostly Quakers of the highest respectability. They were generally merchants and merchants clerks. They had their new engine-the first one in this city that was silver plated, and probably the only one in this country whose brass work was silver plated. The engine was painted black, gold striped, highly polished. She was the most elegant engine ever seen in those days, and all this expense of decoration was paid for by the company and their friends."1
The picture is painted on clear white-wood; panel is chamfered on all sides. Extremely minor re-touch otherwise superb in all aspects. Frame: 23 by 19.5 inches; View: 17.75 by 14 inches.
1 Our Fireman The History Of The New York Fire Departments From 1609 To 1887 by Augustine Costello, page 589.

339-5 - SOLD




Unique Large Wood Presentation Fire Trumpet
Wilmington, Delaware to Conshohocken, Pennsylvania Association
Circa 1879 - SOLD


Antique Fire Trumpet, Presentation, Wood, entire view

This unique wood presentation fire trumpet is approximately 55-inches long. It has an inscription painted in black letters with red and gilt highlights that reads "Presented to / Washington S.F.E.H. & L. Co. No. 7 / Of Wilmington Del. By / The Secret Eight Of / Washington H, & S, F, E, Co, No, 1 Of / Conshohocken PA. / Dec, 24, 1879." The mouthpiece is detachable and there are two movable rings with black tasseled rope attached. We are awaiting what the consignor states "is a considerable amount of paperwork" that will accompany the piece.

232-57 - SOLD




No. 13 Eagle
Eagle Engine Company
New York City.
Oil On Board
First Half 19th Century
Signed, I. Tice - SOLD


Antique Painting, No. 13 Eagle Fire Engine, Oil on Board, entire view

"In 1830" writes Mr. Zophar Mills, "the company was mostly Quakers of the highest respectability. They were generally merchants and merchants clerks. They had their new engine-the first one in this city that was silver plated, and probably the only one in this country whose brass work was silver plated. The engine was painted black, gold striped, highly polished. She was the most elegant engine ever seen in those days, and all this expense of decoration was paid for by the company and their friends."1
The picture is painted on pine and remains in original condition; having minor losses and never cleaned as depicted. (15.25 by 11.25 inches.)
1 Our Fireman The History Of The New York Fire Departments From 1609 To 1887 by Augustine Costello, page 589.

339-4 - SOLD




Leather Fire Bucket, Original Paint and Handle
Eastern United States
Circa 1800 to 1820 - SOLD


Antique Fire Bucket, Original Paint and Handle, Circa 1800 to 1820, entire view

Gilt leafy scroll cartouche centering a polychrome partially clad Native American woman positioned before a canoe; landscape and waterscape on a blue ground. The bucket has been professionally cleaned; minor fill, all else fine; (12.75" H)

216-441 - SOLD



If you are interested in buying any of these items, please call (978) 597-8084 or email David Hillier at drh@aaawt.com

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