Trophy presented to Robert Tempest

Description (Brief)
Competition, fraternal bonds and honorable service were the hallmarks of 19th century fire companies, and ornate trophies served as recognition of these values. Trophies were often presented to veteran officers in appreciation of their service. One fire company might give a commemorative trophy to another as a goodwill offering or in gratitude for their hospitality. Trophies and other awards could also be won in competitions between fire companies to demonstrate their professional skills, or even in sporting contests like baseball.
This coin silver pitcher was made by Peter L. Krider of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1851. The pitcher was presented the same year as a trophy to Robert Tempest, the President of the Hibernia Fire Engine Company. The inscription on the front reads, “Presented to ROBERT TEMPEST, President of the HIBERNIA FIRE ENGINE COMPANY, No. 1, by his fellow-members, as a token of their high regard for him as a Fireman and Presiding Officer, February 20th, 1851.” The back of the trophy is inscribed, “Reward of merit.” Robert Tempest was a successful Philadelphia jeweler with the firm of Marshall and Tempest. He joined Hibernia in 1814, having originally served as a volunteer with the Sun Engine Company.
Location
Currently not on view
Object Name
trophy, presentation
date made
ca 1851
referenced
Tempest, Robert
maker
Krider, Peter L.
Physical Description
coin silver (overall material)
Measurements
overall: 14 1/2 in x 7 1/2 in; 36.83 cm x 19.05 cm
Place Made
United States: Pennsylvania, Philadelphia
ID Number
2005.0233.0915
accession number
2005.0233
catalog number
2005.0233.0915
subject
Firefighting Collection
Trophies
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Home and Community Life: Fire Fighting and Law Enforcement
Trophies
Firefighting Collection
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
Credit Line
Gift of CIGNA Museum and Art Collection
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