Silver Cup presented to Jesse Ogden

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 silver trophy was made by the R&W Wilson Company of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1846. The inscription reads “Presented to Jesse Ogden by his fellow Members of the United States Fire Co. for the faithfulness and ability with which he has discharged the duties of Treasurer of the Company 10, Mo. 29. 1846.” On the opposite side there is a version of the Great Seal of the United States, with an eagle clutching a shield, olive branch and bundle of arrows. Below this is a banner engraved with the motto "E Pluribus Unum.” Jesse Ogden was a Quaker and well-known literary figure in Philadelphia. He belonged to the Philosophical Society and was the managing librarian for the Apprentice's Library Company in the city.
Currently not on view
Object Name
trophy, presentation
date made
ca 1846
Ogden, Jesse
Physical Description
silver (overall material)
overall: 9 in x 5 in x 4 in; 22.86 cm x 12.7 cm x 10.16 cm
place made
United States
ID Number
accession number
catalog number
Firefighting Collection
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Home and Community Life: Fire Fighting and Law Enforcement
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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