Period fire bucket painted with  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”)
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.)
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.
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.
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
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