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Fire Engine, Lady Washington Engine Co. No.1 Morrisania, N.Y.

Object Number: 
1933.235
Date: 
1851
Medium: 
Mixed
Dimensions: 
Overall: 103 x 187 x 69 in. (261.6 x 475 x 175.3 cm) Overall (On site measurement): 78 x 62 x 128 in. (198.1 x 157.5 x
Marks: 
inscriptions: name: "White Ghost" painted on front of carriage; "Morrisania Exempts" on side; and "Organized June 7, 1875" on back of carriage.
Description: 

Hand-drawn and hand-power engine. Name "White Ghost" painted on front of carriage; "Morrisania Exempts" on side; and "Organized June 7, 1875" on back of carriage. Wheels with copper hub bands and iron tires; body painted white, running gear maroon striped gold and black. Accessories: hinged hand pole, hose and nozzles; ropes.

Gallery Label: 

The "Lady Washington" was built in 1851 and used by the Lady Washington Engine Co. No.1 in Morrisania until 1874, when Morrisania was annexed to New York City.

Credit Line: 
Gift of the surviving members of Exempt Firemens Benevolent Fund Association of the 23rd and 24th Wards, 1933
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group