Presentation 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 silver plated speaking trumpet was made during the 19th century. The trumpet was made as a presentation piece, but the cartouche that normally bears the inscription has no engraving. The bell of the trumpet is fluted, and the trumpet is engraved with a floral motif. A braided blue cord with tassels is strung through the two rings protruding from the trumpet’s shaft.

Date Made: 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: 2005.0233.0892Accession Number: 2005.0233Catalog Number: 2005.0233.0892

Object Name: trumpet, speaking

Physical Description: silver plated (overall material)Measurements: overall: 21 1/2 in x 9 1/4 in; 54.61 cm x 23.495 cm


Record Id: nmah_1346442

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