Model of hand engine
Wood, metal, paint, leather, cord
Overall: 14 1/2 x 31 1/2 x 10 in. ( 36.8 x 80 x 25.4 cm )
painted in gold: on front: "ALWAYS / 3 / READY" relief: on back of pump chamber: "3"
Model of hand-drawn, hand-powered fire engine; red painted wooden wheels with metal axles support red painted wooden body with applied, gold painted scrollwork on sides and "ALWAYS / 3 / READY" painted in gold on front; pump chamber with gallery on top, columns set in indented back corners, and molded base; rounded back of pump chamber (condenser case?) with "3" in relief; cylinder painted on either side with crossed hook and ladder, helmet, and trumpet; lantern suspended in front; cord wound on spool mounted above front axle and threaded through loops in T-shaped handle at end of tongue.
According to the accession records, this model represents the "goose-neck type engine" in use around 1835.
Gift of the Exempt Firemen's Benevolent Fund Association of the 23rd and 24th Wards, New York City
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.