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Fire Pumper Lithograph, Firehouse Signs, Insurance Signs, Model, Paintings, 19th Century

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")

Clockwise from top:
Pair of Carved Firehouse Trade Signs, Helmets and Speaking Trumpets
Hartford, Connecticut, Circa 1880
Exceptional High Eagle Helmets with Lettered Fronts, Pine, Original Surface

Appearing to be carved in-the-round then sliced in half, each composition representing a halved-side of the whole. The left facing shield displays carved letters "VETE" while the right shield is carved "ERAN"; the bottom of the left shield is carved "HART" and the right "FORD" for VETRAN – HARTFORD, CONNECTICUT. The helmets surmounting crossed speaking trumpets with rope fittings are competently carved. (There are small losses to sections of carved rope, and a few minor restorations to the horns, otherwise fine. L: 43.5”, H: 12”, D: 5”)


Trade Sign, National Fire Insurance Company
Reverse on Glass with Lady Liberty as Central Motif
Hartford, Connecticut

An Outstanding Vintage Working Handtub Model, Torrent 1874
In the Style James Smith, NYC, the originals circa 1850s/60s
Likely Made by a Muster Team Member, Competing For Longest Water Stream
Fabricated by an Anonymous Master Craftsman
Please call for additional information, and/or enthusiastic discussion.

Working professional fire pumper model with hand painted name "Torrent", and painted date 1874 on both sides of the body. The front axle turns right and left; wheels are spoked; with brass hubs and wheel trim; brass wheel rings. The engine features a large brass pressure chamber and brass pistons; brass pumping arm cradles; small shaped removable brass pins on chains secure the pumping arms 9BRAKES) when underway. There are brass and iron cams that regulate the action of the pumper arms which are painted red and feature beautifully machined brass acorn finials. Ornamenting the apparatus is a cast brass eagle and a working brass bell within scrolled cradle.
Stowed within brass fasteners, on the deck, and within the upper frame are three red and black painted wood and leather nozzles. Fitted to the tub is a large diameter squirrel tail suction hose with strainer having brass fittings. A partial embossed rubber label remains attached to the hose, it reads: "Prescott Seven Ply Storm King Boston"
While endeavoring to learn more about this engine we found an illustrated advertising cover for Prescott and Company (Boston, Massachusetts) postmarked February 4, 1910; it’s a start!) (Excellent condition; greatest length including wagon shaft: 37.75", length of body: 22", H: 20", diameter of front wheels: 5", rear wheels: 7")


Folk Art Firefighter’s Memorial Painting, Just Memories, Celebrating Retirement
T.J. Harrington, signed lower right and verso

Antique Advertising, National Fire Insurance Co., Liberty, Flag, Eglomise Trade Sign
Hartford, Connecticut, Circa 1876 to 1900

Reverse painted displaying Liberty holding shield showing a stag and polychrome flag with spread-winged eagle. The oak frame with gilt liner is original. (Wear to varnish on frame, losses to gilt gesso on frame; Eglomise remains in excellent condition with minor lifting; frame: 35 by 27”, sight-size: 28 by 19.5”) Please call for full description, and/or enthusiastic discussion.

For further information, contact David Hillier or 978 597-8084.

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