Work Trumpet, "Assistant Foreman, SH &L"

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 brass speaking trumpet was used in active duty around the early 19th century. The trumpet has a small inscription that reads “Assistant Foreman, SH&L Co., No.1” The trumpet was used by an assistant foreman of a hook and ladder company. There is a ring attached to the lower section of the trumpet to attach a strap.
Location
Currently not on view
date made
unknown
maker
unknown
place made
United States
Physical Description
brass (overall material)
Measurements
overall: 15 in x 6 in; 38.1 cm x 15.24 cm
ID Number
2005.0233.0832
accession number
2005.0233
catalog number
2005.0233.0832
Credit Line
Gift of CIGNA Museum and Art Collection
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Home and Community Life: Fire Fighting and Law Enforcement
Work
Cultures & Communities
Firefighting Collection
Speaking Trumpets
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center

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