Fire Bucket, "Solomon Henkel No. 4"

Fire Bucket, "Solomon Henkel No. 4"

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This bucket belonged to Solomon Henckel (1777-1847), whose family was very prominent within the Lutheran Church. Solomon’s father, Paul Henckel, was a Lutheran minister active in Virginia, the Carolinas, Tennessee, and Ohio. Paul Henckel encouraged his sons Solomon and Ambrose to establish a printery, the Henkel Press, in New Market, Virginia. Solomon was the main organizer and eventually the owner of this printery. In addition, while Solomon’s five brothers became Lutheran ministers like their father, Solomon was a medical doctor. The decoration of Solomon Henckel’s fire bucket reflects his profession: its identifying mark is the mortar and pestle. The mortar and pestle, a tool used to crush, grind, and mix substances, was traditionally used by pharmacists to prepare prescriptions. This common icon was used to represent Henckel’s involvement in medicine and healing, and made this fire bucket easily recognizable as his.
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Object Name
bucket, fire
date made
ca 1805
Physical Description
leather (overall material)
overall: 15 1/2 in x 9 in; 39.37 cm x 22.86 cm
ID Number
accession number
catalog number
Credit Line
Gift of CIGNA Museum and Art Collection
Fire Fighting
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Cultural and Community Life: Fire Fighting and Law Enforcement
Data Source
National Museum of American History
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