Presentation Trumpet, "Weccacoe Hose Co."

Description (Brief)
As more American volunteer fire fighting companies began to form during the late 18th century, a need emerged for better organized efforts in combating conflagrations. Engineers and officers would use “speaking trumpets” to amplify their voices over the noise and commotion of a fire scene to direct the company in effectively fighting the blaze. Two trumpet variants are reflected in the collection: plain and functional “working” trumpets that were actively used at fires, and highly decorated “presentation” trumpets. Presentation trumpets were awarded to firefighters in honor of their service, or between fire companies during visits, competitions, and musters.
This trumpet was presented to the Weccacoe Hose Company of Camden, New Jersey by the Ramblers Club Number One. The silver horn is divided into three sections, with an inscription on the center section that reads “Presented to/ Weccacoe Hose Co./ by the/ Ramblers Club No. 1/ May 2nd 1852.” A leather strap is attached to the trumpet by two rings. The Weccacoe Hose Company operated in Camden, New Jersey from 1800 to 1854. Rambling clubs began in the 19th century as an excuse for people to escape the industrializing city and walk around nature.
Currently not on view
Object Name
trumpet, speaking
date made
ca 1852
Physical Description
silver plate (overall material)
leather (part: strap material)
overall: 17 1/2 in x 6 3/4 in; 44.45 cm x 17.145 cm
place made
United States
ID Number
accession number
catalog number
Cultures & Communities
Firefighting Collection
Speaking Trumpets
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Home and Community Life: Fire Fighting and Law Enforcement
Firefighting Collection
Speaking Trumpets
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
Credit Line
Gift of CIGNA Museum and Art Collection
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