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
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")
Michael Fox, First President of Fire Association of Philadelphia
Oil on Canvas, c. 1820 to 1830
Michael Fox was elected the first president of the Fire Associate in Philadelphia in 1824, while he was still head of the Diligent Engine Company. The Fire Association served as an insurance business, raising profits to pay the volunteer fire organizations in Philadelphia. Fox is painted wearing a brown coat, calico waistcoat, and a starched white cravat. He sits on a painted bow-back Windsor chair with his knee pulled up, the buttons of his breeches visible between his hands, which are competently rendered.
Frame: 40.5” by 33” Sight: 35.5” by 28”
Fire Pumper, Lithograph, Brooklyn 10, Amoskeag Mfg. Co., Great Color
Manchester, New Hampshire
Litho by Charles Crosby, Boston
Circa 1865 to 1875
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")
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