Presentation Trumpet, "John A. Johnson"

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 silver plated trumpet was awarded to John. A. Johnson of Lafayette Hose Company around 1880. The trumpet has two raised bands with hooks attached to rings that are strung with a red braided cord with tassels. The plain silver trumpet bears the inscription “John A. Johnson, Lafayette Hose Co. No. 22."

Date Made: 19th century

Maker: unknown

Location: Currently not on view

Place Made: United States

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: 2005.0233.0843Accession Number: 2005.0233Catalog Number: 2005.0233.0843

Object Name: trumpet, speaking

Physical Description: silver plated (overall material)Measurements: overall: 16 in x 6 in; 40.64 cm x 15.24 cm


Record Id: nmah_1345756

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