Model of steam fire engine
Metal, paint, rubber, leather
Overall: 11 1/2 x 18 x 7 1/2 in. ( 29.2 x 45.7 x 19 cm )
engraved: on brass plate attached to boiler: "MODEL OF A / Amoskeag Fire Engine / BUILT BY / STEPHEN BALSER / NEW YORK" typewritten: on exhibition label found with object: "Model Fire Engine / made by Stephen M. Balser / type used by New York Fire / Depa
Model of a steam fire engine manufactured by the Amoskeag Co.; metal wheels with red painted spokes and red painted metal frame; boiler with brass plates mounted on side on back, the former shield-shaped with black painted "8" at center and the latter with engraved inscription; red painted metal oil tank with attached burner originally suspended below boiler (now detached); driver's seat with tufted leather(?) upholstery; lengths of black rubber hose attached at either side; wood and metal harness assembly.
This model represents the type of fire engine used by the New York Fire Department around 1870. The Amoskeag Steam Fire Engine Company located in Manchester, New Hampshire, was a major manufacturer of steam fire engines.
Gift of the heirs of Charles G. Moller, Jr.
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.