Work Trumpet, "Pawtucket Fire Ward"

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.

Description (Brief)

This painted tin speaking trumpet was used in active duty during the early 19th century. The horn has been painted white with a red semi-circle on the horn. A black number “1” with a black circle around it has been painted on the shaft of the horn. The bell has gold painted text that reads “Fire Ward/ G.L.S./ Pawtucket/ R.I.”

Date Made: early 19th century

Maker: unknown

Location: Currently not on view

Place Made: United StatesAssociated Place: United States: Rhode Island, Pawtucket

See more items in: Home and Community Life: Fire Fighting and Law Enforcement, Cultures & Communities, Work, Firefighting Collection, Speaking Trumpets


Exhibition Location:

Credit Line: Gift of CIGNA Museum and Art Collection

Data Source: National Museum of American History

Id Number: 2005.0233.0836Accession Number: 2005.0233Catalog Number: 2005.0233.0836

Object Name: trumpet, speaking

Physical Description: metal (overall material)tole ware (overall material)Measurements: overall: 14 in x 6 in; 35.56 cm x 15.24 cm


Record Id: nmah_1345692

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