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J.W. Fiske Fire Dog, Large Zinc Labrador Figure Wearing Studded Collar, Signed
New York City
Date/Period: Circa 1870


J.W. Fiske Fire Dog, Large Zinc Labrador Figure Wearing Studded Collar, Signed New York City, entire view 1

Measurement: Height: 45"; length: 53”; width: 21.5"

Material: Zinc

Condition: Professional restoration to tail and left proper ear, else very good

Additional Information: J.W. Fiske cast zinc 'Fire Dog' statue, depicting a standing
Labrador retriever with raised tail and wearing a studded collar, the whole resting on a
naturalistic rectangular base with scattered leaves, having later polychrome decoration,
marked 'J.W. Fiske' at the front of the base

$22,800.00

859-39


J.W. Fiske Fire Dog, Large Zinc Labrador Figure Wearing Studded Collar, Signed New York City, entire view 2



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




Antique Pewter Charger, Volunteer Firemen, Handtub, Burning Building
TO THE BEST OF THE CHEVALIER FIREMEN, 1830
AU PLUS BEAUCOUPDES CHEVALIERS POMPIERS


Antique Pewter Charger, Volunteer Firemen, Handtub, Burning Building
TO THE BEST OF THE CHEVALIER FIREMEN, 1830
AU PLUS BEAUCOUPDES CHEVALIERS POMPIERS, entire view

The reverse with touch marks of a pewterer in Geneva
The firefighters training water on a burning building within fabulously engraved
undulating border; the reeded broad rim features oakleaf and acorn border.
(Fine original condition; 16.5” diameter.)


Antique Pewter Charger, Volunteer Firemen, Handtub, Burning Building
TO THE BEST OF THE CHEVALIER FIREMEN, 1830
AU PLUS BEAUCOUPDES CHEVALIERS POMPIERS, back view

Antique Pewter Charger, Volunteer Firemen, Handtub, Burning Building
TO THE BEST OF THE CHEVALIER FIREMEN, 1830
AU PLUS BEAUCOUPDES CHEVALIERS POMPIERS, detail view 1

Antique Pewter Charger, Volunteer Firemen, Handtub, Burning Building
TO THE BEST OF THE CHEVALIER FIREMEN, 1830
AU PLUS BEAUCOUPDES CHEVALIERS POMPIERS, detail view 2

Antique Pewter Charger, Volunteer Firemen, Handtub, Burning Building
TO THE BEST OF THE CHEVALIER FIREMEN, 1830
AU PLUS BEAUCOUPDES CHEVALIERS POMPIERS, marks detail

$1,885

232-376




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


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

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

1193-16/46/47/161




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


19th Century Volunteer Fireman’s Leather Parade Belts, entire view

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

Left: Raised “F.A” and fire
hydrant, extremely convex,
hollow back, drainage knob; last
mark of this type, issued about 1870.
(11" x 7.5") Bulau 93.

SOLD

1193-322

Middle: Raised “F.A” and fire
hydrant, short end of
hose ending to right center
of hydrant; flat back,
second mark issued by the
company about 1820.
(7.75 by 11 5/8”) Balau 84

SOLD

1193-323

Right: 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

1193-324




19th Century Volunteer Fireman’s Leather Parade Belts


19th Century Volunteer Fireman’s Leather Parade Belts, entire view 1

Fairmont Fire Co “2”

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

$290.00

1193-134

Humane 1 – 1852

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

$260.00

1193-149




Fire Association of Philadelphia Insurance Policy
1878


Fire Association of Philadelphia Insurance Policy
1878, entire view

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")


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

Fire Association of Philadelphia Insurance Policy
1878, detail view

$375.00

1193-11




Royal Exchange Assurance Fire Mark
Issued about 1835, Bulau 632


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

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

1193-317




Royal Exchange Assurance Fire Mark
Issued about 1835, Bulau 632


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

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

1193-318




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, entire view

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

$295.00

1193-319




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, entire view

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

$295.00

1193-320




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, entire view

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

$295.00

1193-321




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




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



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, entire view

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

$295.00

1193-326




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


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.

$8,450

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




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