Model of hand engine

Object Number: 
1933.57ab
Date: 
1870-1900
Medium: 
Wood, metal, paint, leather, cord
Dimensions: 
Overall: 14 1/2 x 31 1/2 x 10 in. ( 36.8 x 80 x 25.4 cm )
Marks: 
painted in gold: on front: "ALWAYS / 3 / READY" relief: on back of pump chamber: "3"
Description: 
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.
Gallery Label: 
According to the accession records, this model represents the "goose-neck type engine" in use around 1835.
Credit Line: 
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.
Creative: Tronvig Group