Work Trumpet

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 brass speaking trumpet was used around the middle of the 19th century. The trumpet has a band around the center of the shaft and two rings that could be used for attaching a cord to the trumpet. The bell and shaft of the trumpet has a variety of dents.

Date Made: unknown

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: 2005.0233.0858Accession Number: 2005.0233Catalog Number: 2005.0233.0858

Object Name: trumpet, speaking

Physical Description: brass (overall material)Measurements: overall: 16 1/4 in x 4 1/4 in; 41.275 cm x 10.795 cm


Record Id: nmah_1346082

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