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Fire Bucket, D. Wallis
Beverly, MA, 1795
Painted Leather - SOLD


Antique Chalkware Figure, Fireman, Painted, angle views

Period fire bucket painted with [1795] oyster-colored lettering in black oval, oyster border with [D WALLIS/BEVERLY] painted in black surrounding, with deep ochre detail. Some restoration on lettering and black bellflower wreath. Handle detached, otherwise in good condition. (Height: 12”; Mouth: 9”)

1199-1 - SOLD




Fire Department Car Grill Badge
Unknown Maker, Vintage - SOLD


Antique Fire Department Car Grill Badge, Vintage, entire view

Spread wing eagle clutching ribbon "FIRE" surmounting Maltese cross displaying iconic symbols over crossed nozzles; retains original mounting hardware, nice patina
(3.5 by 4.75")

171-108 - SOLD




Watercolor
Fairy Hose Cart-5
E.J. Lines Foreman
Signed...Henry C. Curtis
27 Congress Avenue - SOLD


Antique Watercolor, Fireengine, Fair Hose Cart, close up

A scene depicting an early hose cart with fireman in parade hat.
The work is mounted in a period painted frame and as depicted has stains.
Frame: 19.75 by 16 inches; View: 15.5 by 11.5 inches.

339-3 - SOLD




Fire Axe, Viking Style
19th Century - SOLD


Antique Fire Axe, Viking Style, Original Paint, right side view

As depicted, cast iron axe retaining original red and gold surface, remaining on original handle.
(Length: 38.25 inches.)

818-9 - SOLD




FIREFIGHTING
Extremely Rare Presentation Trumpet
Cranberry cut to clear...
19th Century - SOLD


Antique Fire Trumpet, Cut Glass, Presentation, angle view

Probably presented to an honored fire chief upon retirement. A cranberry and leaf motif within cross-banded grid. Published, page 234 of Hot Stuff-Firefighting Collectibles by Andrew G. Gurka. (Height: 16-inches.)

505-27 - SOLD




New York City
Veteran Fireman's Association
Large Photograph of Firefighters
New York Fire Department
Circa 1886 - SOLD


Antique Photograph, Veteran Fireman's Association, New York Fire Department, close up

There were several noted VFA activities during 1886 with the largest assemblage of some 250 veteran fire fighter's being October 28th; the unveiling of The Statue of Liberty.
This large print (photo process) depicts a group portrait imposed on a realistic rendering of NYC. The work is mounted within an outstanding frame with applied composition firefighting motifs. The piece was never opened since framing; upper corner helmets need restoration...as depicted, all else fine.
Frame: 47 x 35.25 inches; view: 39.5 x 25.5 inches; the print itself measures 34 by 19.5-inches. (We have a great frame restoration specialist.)
Please refer to Costello, The History Of The New York Fireman, page 763.

232-127 - SOLD




Pair of Painted Leather Fire Buckets
From Brighton, ME - SOLD


Antique Fire Buckets, Leather, Painted, entire views

The buckets are marked "KAVANAUGH / Relief / 1803" in black letters in a blue oval surrounded by a laurel wreath, tied with a pink ribbon. The buckets themselves are painted green. Very good condition. Both buckets measure 12.5-inches in height.

348-19 - SOLD




Carved Marble Plaque
Steamer-Fire Engine
Anonymous
19th Century - SOLD


Antique Plaque, Steamer Fire Engine, Carved Marble, entire view

As depicted, a most unusual and successful work, perhaps created by a talented stone cutter who was also a member of a volunteer fire department. The work is mounted in a contemporary frame.
Dimensions: 11.25 by 11.75-inch frame, 7.5 by 7-inch sight-size.

339-18 - SOLD




Painting, Burning of the Cold Storage Building
Chicago World's Fair, Columbian Exposition
1893 - SOLD


Painting, Burning of the Cold Storage Building
Chicago World's Fair, Columbian Exposition
1893, entire view

This painting memorializes the tragic fire of the five story building that claimed the lives of 12 firefighters July 10, 1893.
(Frame: 63.25 x 40.75 inches; view: 57.25 x 34.75 inches)

339-22 - SOLD

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Painting, Fire Pumper Answering Alarm, Painted Banner on Canvas
Hartford, Connecticut
Circa 1900 - SOLD


Painting, Fire Pumper Answering Alarm, Painted Banner on Canvas
Hartford, Connecticut
Circa 1900, entire view

Simons and Fox, decorators specializing in awnings, tents, and flags, specializing in decorations for festivals, fairs, and halls; made parade decorations, Hartford, Connecticut.
(Dimensions: 111 by 77".)

339-27 - SOLD




Jacob G. Bauman (Active circa 1870)
Firehouse Memorial Picture-Tribute to Firefighters
Signed on lower right: J.G. Baumann, Artist
Detroit, Michigan, Circa 1870
Features an eagle perched atop the stars and stripes shield with a banner reading "Liberty and Prosperity" above the heat and fiery light of a conflagration...and a firefighter rescuing a child
Oil on canvas
- SOLD


Jacob G. Bauman (Active circa 1870)
Firehouse Memorial Picture-Tribute to Firefighters
Signed on lower right: J.G. Baumann, Artist
Detroit, Michigan, Circa 1870, entire view

Little is known of the life and work of Jacob Baumann, Arthur Hopkin Gibson, in Artists of Early Michigan, A Biographical Dictionary of Artists Native to or Active In Michigan 1701-1900 (Detroit, Michigan, 1975) page 47, offers only scant information: Jacob Baumann was an amateur artist working in Detroit, who studied at the German-American Seminary in Detroit during the year 1875. His only other known work, depicting the old Tollgate at Gratoit and Mack Streets in Detroit is known from a photocopy in the Burton Historical Collection of the Detroit Public Library, mentioned in the Detroit News, July 26, 1925, The Metropolitan Section, Page 5.

This unusual painting commemorates the life of a heroic firefighter...The central design-composed of a flag, helmet, floral wreath and accouterments-appears to be painted from life. Other vignettes include a steam engine, a firefighter rescuing a child, and a stack of firefighter's equipment including a coiled hose, hook, trumpet, leather belt labeled "Red Jacket"; helmet with badge also labeled "Red Jacket" along with "4" and "J.P.", the American flag, and a bouquet of flowers. The two vignettes of firefighting activity were probably inspired by the popular series of lithographs by Currier and Ives from the 1850s and early 1860s entitled "The Life Of A Fireman."

Literature: American Expressions of Liberty (Mingei International Museum, 1996) and will appear in American Visions of Freedom and Liberty (Virginia Historical Society.) Also, The Billy Pearson Collection of American Folk Art, by David A. Schorsch.

The picture, mounted in a custom frame has been relined and there is minor in-painting. (29-inch x 35-inch view area; overall: 35-inch x 41-inches.)

232-53 - SOLD




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


No. 13 Eagle
Eagle Engine Company
New York City.
Oil On Board
First Half 19th Century, 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




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


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




Painting, Great Boston Fire of 1872
Washington Street Looking Towards the Old South Church
Anonymous, third quarter 19th century
November 9th 1872
Oil on canvas - SOLD


Painting, Great Boston Fire of 1872
Washington Street Looking Towards the Old South Church
Anonymous, third quarter 19th century
November 9th 1872, entire view

The work remains on original stretcher and is mounted with a gold gilt frame.
(Frame: 25.25 x 31.25 inches; view; 19.25 x 25.25 inches.)

339-23 - SOLD




Antique Leather Fire Bucket, Milton, Massachusetts, H&L 1, 19th Century - SOLD


Antique Leather Fire Bucket, Milton, Massachusetts, H&L 1, 19th Century, entire view

Good restored [early working period] condition; historic surface. Height: 12”

SOLD

879-112




19th Century Leather Fire Bucket,
Original Paint & Handle
No. 2, Jonathan Heath, 1822,
Possibly New London, Connecticut
Fine original condition, no cracks in handle,
one “O” ring tab is an old replacement - SOLD


19th Century Leather Fire Bucket, Original Paint & Handle
No. 2, Jonathan Heath, 1822, Possibly New London, Connecticut
Fine original condition, no cracks in handle, one “O” ring tab is an old replacement, entire view 1

The bucket has never been for sale, it was purchased from a family with New London
history however, there are several Heath families: branches in the Groton/ New London
area. A Jonathan born in 1753 (or 54 depending on source) who may be the “John
Heath” who crews on the Connecticut Privateer “Oliver Cromwell “in the revolution. Not
much else pops up easily, without source material in CT. We have sold other objects
from this family with documented New London History, in this case we can only share
conjecture. (Height: 18.5"; Overall height: 24.5")

SOLD

879-125




Antique Leather Fire Bucket, Milton, Massachusetts, Hydrant 1, 1846 - SOLD


Antique Leather Fire Bucket, Milton, Massachusetts, Hydrant 1, 1846, entire view

Good restored [early working period] condition; historic surface. Height: 12.5"

SOLD

879-111




Antique, Leather Fire Bucket,
Original Condition, Freeman Coffin
Martha’s Vineyard, 1836
Owners name in gilt within arched red ribbon
centered by black and gilt trim; bucket dated 1836. - SOLD


Antique, Leather Fire Bucket, Original Condition, Freeman Coffin
Martha’s Vineyard, 1836, entire view 1

Freeman COFFIN [well know Nantucket and Vineyard family] was born in Edgartown,
Dukes Co, Massachusetts but moved probably to Goshen, Hampshire Co,
Massachusetts as that is where his first wife Eunice WILLIAMS was from. She died
there in 1826; Freeman married (2nd) Hannah COFFIN 1828 in the neighboring town of
Cummington. By Hannah, Freeman was the father of three children: George Williams
COFFIN, Rosamond (COFFIN) FULLER, and Ellen W. COFFIN who were all born in
Cummington. Around 1835 Freeman & Hannah moved there family west to Gorham
Township, Fulton Co, Ohio following Hannah's brother-in-law and sister Gorham &
Alethea (WHITMARSH) COTTRELL. Gorham Township and the town of Gorham was
named for Gorham COTTRELL although the town of Gorham was later renamed
Fayette. Freeman & Hannah were still in Gorham Township in 1850 according to federal
census returns; between that time and 1854 Freeman moved west to Coffins Grove
Township, Delaware Co, Iowa to live near his younger brother Clement COFFIN. It is
also possible that he moved there because of Elizabeth Williams (COFFIN) BAKER.
She appears to have been Freeman's daughter by his first wife Eunice. Elizabeth
remained in Coffins Grove Township, Delaware Co, Iowa and died there in 1859. Since
Freeman's will was probated in Fulton Co, Ohio it appears that he probably went there
to visit his brother and daughter and was legally a resident of Fulton Co, Ohio and not
Delaware Co, Iowa at the time of his death.
(height at handle: 18"; height: 12.75"; diameter: 8")

SOLD

351-12




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 - SOLD


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




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




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




James H. Cafferty, Fire Painting, To the Rescue
Signed, James H. Cafferty (1819 to 1869)
American - SOLD
After L'Incendie (The Fire), by Jean Pierre Alexandre Antigna
Oil on canvas, 36 by 46"


James H. Cafferty, Fire Painting, To the Rescue
Signed, James H. Cafferty (1819 to 1869)
American, sans frame

A large and dramatic picture-depicting a mother holding her baby with another young child holding her apron, she opens the door to see flames and smoke with helmeted fireman at the window about to rescue mother and children.
The work is mounted in a beautiful carved wood, gesso and gilt frame of the period and may have been commissioned for a chief or fire company whereas the artist is known to have painted portraits of several firemen.

SOLD

339-26




Very Rare Pearlware Trumpet Shape Fire Horn,
Speaking Trumpet, Presentation
Motto: “TO CONQUER IS OUR AIM”
above hand painted fireman & fire,
Gold Gilt American, Anonymous Maker, 19th Century - SOLD


Antique Matched Set of Six Windsor Side Chairs in Original Paint, 1820 to 1830, group view

Often used for parade, carried by the chief leading parade, mouthpiece down, the bell with flowers(Height: 17"; diameter: 6")

SOLD

1193-6




18th Century Conestoga Wagon Jack
American, Likely Pennsylvania, C 1790 - SOLD


18th Century Conestoga Wagon Jack
American, Likely Pennsylvania, Circa 1780-1790, entire view 1

Typical handwrought ratchet form, original thinning red paint
(Excellent condition; height: 24.25"; width: 8"; depth: 3")

SOLD

1157-126




Ornate Framed Lot of Fire Department Cap Holders and Delegate Badges
New York and Pennsylvania Area
Late 19th to early 20th c. - SOLD


Ornate Framed Lot of Fire Department Cap Holders and Delegate Badges
New York and Pennsylvania Area
Late 19th to early 20th century, entire view

Frame: 22 by 29”

1157-3 - SOLD



Ornate Framed Lot of Fire Department Parade Ribbons
New York and Pennsylvania Area
Late 19th to early 20th century - SOLD


Ornate Framed Lot of Fire Department Parade Ribbons
New York and Pennsylvania Area
Late 19th to early 20th century, entire view

Frame: 26 by 29”

1157-4 - SOLD




Ornate Framed Lot of Fire Department Parade Ribbons
New York and Pennsylvania Area
Late 19th to early 20th century - SOLD


Ornate Framed Lot of Fire Department Parade Ribbons
New York and Pennsylvania Area
Late 19th to early 20th century, entire view

Frame: 26 by 29”

1157-5 - SOLD



Fire Hat, Parade Hat, Franklin Hose Company, Portrait of Ben Franklin
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Circa 1840 to 1850
The back boldly displays; 1838 - SOLD


Fire Hat, Parade Hat, Franklin Hose Company, Portrait of Ben Franklin
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Circa 1840 to 1850, entire view

The underside of scrolled brim is painted red and displays "HOSE 28 - PHILLA PA" with all else in black paint having gold and black lettering within red and gold banners; top with owners initials "J.H.". The slightly flaring stovepipe displays a portrait of Benjamin Franklin. There is some minor restoration, loses and imperfections commensurate with age and use. See Parade Hats of America's Early Volunteer Firemen, The Magazine Antiques, by Courtney E. Booth and Robert E. Booth (April, 2004), pp. 94-103. (H: 6.25"; W: 12"; D: 13.5")

232-327 - SOLD




Fire Bucket, West Brookfield, Massachusetts, B.F. Lewis, Original Paint History
19th Century - SOLD


Fire Bucket, West Brookfield, Massachusetts, B.F. Lewis, Original Paint History
19th Century, entire view

(Dented at bottom, handle not attached on one side, paint chipping; H: 13”)

110-695 - SOLD




Antique Fire Helmet, Leather, Brass High Eagle, Shield, Tooled Brim, Painted 1872
Unknown Maker
(Shield missing some letters otherwise fine; 8.75 by 11 by 14.5") - SOLD


Antique Fire Helmet, Leather, Brass High Eagle, Shield, Tooled Brim, Painted 1872
Unknown Maker, entire view

1121-14 - SOLD




Fireman's Lantern, Hot Blast, C.T. Ham No. 0, Blue Dietz Globe
Charles Trafton Ham
Rochester, New York
1890 to 1900 - SOLD


Fireman's Lantern, Hot Blast, C.T. Ham No. 0, Blue Dietz Globe
Charles Trafton Ham
Rochester, New York
1890 to 1900, entire view

Polished and shellacked
Dimensions: 14.5" H.

541-55 - SOLD




Brass Fireman's Lantern, Wrist Lantern, Fixed Clear Globe, Early
"Pinch Pot" Type Fount, Whale Oil Burner
19th Century - SOLD


Brass Fireman's Lantern, Wrist Lantern, Fixed Clear Globe, Early
'Pinch Pot' Type Fount, Whale Oil Burner
19th Century, entire view

Dimensions: 13.75" H.

541-57 - SOLD




Fire Helmet, 1st Asst Chief, BFD, High Eagle
Paint over Black Leather - SOLD


Fire Helmet, 1st Asst Chief, BFD, High Eagle
Paint over Black Leather, entire view

Dimensions: 8.5" H, 11" W, 14.25" D.

541-58 - SOLD




Firefighter's Salvage Bag
19th Century - SOLD


Firefighter's Salvage Bag
19th Century, entire view

A small over-shoulder bag painted with name W.G. Hubbard.
Dimensions: 26 by 9".

541-52 - SOLD




Brass Working Trumpet
Probably Fire Fighting
19th Century - SOLD


Brass Working Trumpet
Probably Fire Fighting
19th Century, entire view

Dimensions: 20-inches long.

339-20 - SOLD




Fireman's Parade Belt, Leather
Treasure
19th Century - SOLD


Fireman's Parade Belt, Leather
Treasure
19th Century, entire view

Decorated in white, red and black colors, and a "3" and the word "TREASURE." Very good condition, with some small cracks and scattered slight paint loss, which is noted for accuracy.

348-82 - SOLD




Silver Fireman's Medal
Circa 1889 - SOLD


Silver Fireman's Medal
Circa 1889, entire view

A silver medal bar and pendant attached to a white silk ribbon with "Hydrant Hose / to / GREGG HOSE / TRUMANSBURG / GENEVA, N.Y., / SEPT. 12, / 1889" printed in red letters. The medal bar, approximately 1 .5-inches long, has a pin back and is engraved "ORGANIZED 1880" on the obverse. The pendant, approximately 1 ¾-inches x 1 ¼-inches, is engraved "HYDRANT HOSE Co. 1. GENEVA N.Y." around the image of a fire hose cart, there are also cast images of a hydrant, crossed hoses, and a fireman's hat all surrounded by a wreath. The reverse of the pendant is signed "C. G. BRAXMAR / 36 CORTLANDT ST. / NEW YORK." The medal is tarnished but in otherwise fine condition, the ribbon is lightly soiled and toned, with fraying on the bottom.

110-265 - SOLD




Fire Lantern, Brass, Globe Engraved "Eagle 4"
Late 19th Century - SOLD


Fire Lantern, Brass, Globe Engraved 'Eagle 4'
Late 19th Century, entire view

Thumbwheel marked Holmes, Booth & Hayden's / Waterbury, CT.
Dimensions: 13.75" H.

541-56 - SOLD




Lantern, Presentation Fire Lantern
Green over Clear Glass Globe - SOLD


Lantern, Presentation Fire Lantern
Green over Clear Glass Globe, entire view

Dimensions: 18.5" H to handle, 10.75" overall H.

541-59 - SOLD




Fire Apparatus Side Lamp, Steamer Headlight and Brass Mount and Burner
HOPE 1
Gleason and Bailey MFG. Company
New York
Brass, nickel plate, engraved glass - SOLD


Fire Apparatus Side Lamp, Steamer Headlight and Brass Mount and Burner
HOPE 1
Gleason and Bailey MFG. Company
New York, entire view

Brass with traces of nickel (40% remaining), clear glass beveled lens engraved "HOPE 1"; sidelight is red with frosted geometric floral engraving. Extensive duty necessitated soldering tears to lower finial.
Dimensions: 18" H.

541-36 - SOLD




Trumpet, Fire Trumpet
Engraved Decoration - SOLD


Trumpet, Fire Trumpet
Engraved Decoration, entire view

Dimensions: 21" H.

541-19 - SOLD




High Eagle Fireman's Helmet
Chief Hillsdale Fire Assn-CNS
South American Style - SOLD


High Eagle Fireman's Helmet
Chief Hillsdale Fire Assn-CNS
South American Style, entire view

As depicted, white paint refreshed; shield in original condition; partial Wilson-Bowery-NYC label.

541-7 - SOLD




Leather Fire Bucket
Early 19th Century
"Deluge-4" - SOLD


Leather Fire Bucket
Early 19th Century, entire view

As depicted, retaining original handle...the green paint in gold lettering refreshed during its early period of use; other minor thread related imperfections.
Dimensions: 12.75-inches high.

410-63 - SOLD




Warden's Fire Trumpet
Rolled Sheet Iron
Original paint
19th Century - SOLD


Warden's Fire Trumpet
Rolled Sheet Iron
Original paint
19th Century, entire view

As depicted, remaining in original condition with typical "in use" surface losses.
Dimensions: 17.25-inches long.

339-21 - SOLD




Fireman's
Brass parade Torch - SOLD


Fireman's
Brass parade Torch, entire view

Presented to Fair Play Engine Co. no. 3 of Beverly by Captain John W. Raymond, Co. G, 23rd. Regt.
Mass. Volunteers
Roanoke, Feb. 8th, 1862
Newberne, March 14th, 1862

As depicted, beautifully made lamp with original burner and haft.
(Overall: 36.5-inches.)

541-5 - SOLD




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. - SOLD


An Outstanding Vintage Working Handtub Model, Torrent 1874
In the Style James Smith, NYC, the originals circa 1850s/60s, entire view

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”)

1163-8 - SOLD




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


Pair of Carved Firehouse Trade Signs, Helmets and Speaking Trumpets
Hartford, Connecticut, Circa 1880, entire view

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”)

1163-13 - SOLD




Fire Engine Panel of the Washington, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Attributed to John Archibald Woodside, Sr. (1781 to 1852)
Circa 1838
Oil on wood with brass plates - SOLD


Fire Engine Panel of the Washington, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Attributed to John Archibald Woodside, Sr. (1781 to 1852)
Circa 1838, entire view

By the early 1820s volunteer fire companies had begun to paint their fire engines bright colors and commissioned artists to paint decorative panels for them.
This panel, attributed to the prominent Philadelphia sign painter John Archibald Woodside, Sr., ornamented the Washington Engine Company's "Washington" fire engine, built by Joel Bates in 1832; rebuilt by John Agnew in 1838. Represented are outstanding allegorical figures of Freedom, Liberty, and Justice gathered at the base of a stone pedestal on which rests a bust of George Washington. Woodside is documented as having executed commissions for the Washington Engine Company, and in 1832 he had made a preliminary sketch (now in the Historical Society of Pennsylvania at Philadelphia) as a design for a banner that is similar to this composition. Scatted small losses and abrasions restored with all else fine; conservation and treatment report available.
Literature: Catalog of the Green Tree Collection by Garvan and Wojtowicz;
1977, pp. 123 and 124. (30 by 17.5")

339-15 - SOLD




Broadside, Seneca Falls Fire Engine Works, Rumsey and Co.
Illustrations, Statistics, and Prices for Eight Models
Circa 1880's - SOLD


Broadside, Seneca Falls Fire Engine Works, Rumsey and Co.
Illustrations, Statistics, and Prices for Eight Models
Circa 1880's, entire view

Excellent; folds as issued, faint water stain, all else fine.
(18.5 by 24")

232-252 - SOLD




Currier and Ives, the Darktown Fire Brigade, Taking a Rest
Published by Joseph Koehler
New York City
Chromolithograph
1894 - SOLD


Currier and Ives, the Darktown Fire Brigade, Taking a Rest
Published by Joseph Koehler
New York City
Chromolithograph
1894, entire view

The caption reads, "Foreman - Right you is Parson dis terbakker beats de deck."
Not examined out of frame; bright color.
Dimensions: 21.5 by 17" frame, 10.25 by 14" sight-size.

897-3 - SOLD




Currier and Ives, the Darktown Fire Brigade, Hook and Ladder Gymnastics
Published by Joseph Koehler
New York City
Chromolithograph
1894 - SOLD


Currier and Ives, the Darktown Fire Brigade, Hook and Ladder Gymnastics
Published by Joseph Koehler
New York City
Chromolithograph
1894, entire view

The caption reads, "Brace her up dar! And cotch her on de fly!"
Not examined out of frame; minor foxing in margin at top right; tiny puncture in margin at bottom right, all else fine; bright color.
Dimensions: 21.5 by 17" frame, 10.25 by 14" sight-size.

897-4 - SOLD




Currier and Ives, the Darktown Fire Brigade, A Prize Squirt
Published by Joseph Koehler
New York City
Chromolithograph
1894 - SOLD


Currier and Ives, the Darktown Fire Brigade, A Prize Squirt
Published by Joseph Koehler
New York City
Chromolithograph
1894, entire view

The caption reads, "Now den! Shake her up once moah fur de Mug"
Not examined out of frame; minor creasing and tight tear in title line between K and T of DARKTOWN; all else fine; bright color.
Dimensions: 21.5 by 17" frame, 10.25 by 14" sight-size.

897-5 - SOLD




Trade Sign, Tin
Continental Fire Insurance Company
Minute Man - SOLD


Trade Sign, Tin
Continental Fire Insurance Company
Minute Man, entire view

Framed painted tin sign in excellent condition.
Dimensions: 20.25 by 30.5".

883-4 - SOLD




Color Lithograph On Metal
Steam Fire Engine
Early 20th Century
Anonymous, advertising - SOLD


Color Lithograph On Metal
Steam Fire Engine
Early 20th Century, entire view

With folded edges and in fine condition with bright color.
(15 by 21-inches.)

232-115 - SOLD




Portrait Of A Volunteer Firefighter
Engine Company 32
New York City
By W. Effie
Circa 1839
Collection of Harold V. Smith, Esq - SOLD


Portrait Of A Volunteer Firefighter
Engine Company 32
New York City
By W. Effie
Circa 1839, entire view

Oil on canvas portrait of an early 19th century firefighter, wearing Engine 32 badge and standing in front of gooseneck type engine with painted panel of the Seal of the City of New York, with his hat resting on the carriage, unsigned, relined with writing from original canvas copied onto lining "Property of / Harold V. Smith, Esq. / My painting / [under this dated and signed by] / W. Effie / 1839." Fine condition. (Harold V. Smith, Esq., was the President of the Home Insurance Protection Company, and one of the - if not the - foremost collectors of fire memorabilia in America of his time. He also published or had published some of the most important references on the subject. Other information available.
(23.75-inches x 20.5-inches frame, 18.75-inches x 15.5-inches view.)

339-14 - SOLD





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