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Fire Bucket, "W.L.A."

Fire Bucket, "W.L.A."

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Description
This riveted bucket was used by the Water Line Association, formed in 1817 at Lexington, Kentucky. Because it is riveted and not hand-sewn, it was most likely produced in the mid to late nineteenth century.
Note: The W.L.A. was some sort of community organization, but its exact purpose is unknown. It could have been involved in supplying water for firefighting, or it might simply have been a fraternal organization that had its own buckets. The W.L.A. is not listed in the Lexington city directories for 1818 or 1859-60, and it is not mentioned in William Henry Perrin’s History of Fayette County, Kentucky or in Allen Share’s Cities in the Commonwealth: Two Centuries of Urban Life in Kentucky.
Location
Currently not on view
Object Name
bucket, fire
date made
ca 1821
maker
unknown
Physical Description
leather (overall material)
Measurements
overall: 11 in x 7 1/4 in; 27.94 cm x 18.415 cm
ID Number
2005.0233.0263
accession number
2005.0233
catalog number
2005.0233.0263
Credit Line
Gift of CIGNA Museum and Art Collection
subject
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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