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Fire Bucket, "N. K. Sargent"

Fire Bucket, "N. K. Sargent"

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Description
This fire bucket is identical to G45. Both are painted green and labeled with the name of the owner, N. K. Sargent, and the year, 1841. They are numbered No. 1 and No. 2 respectively. Buckets were painted bright colors and marked with the owner’s name so that, in the confusion following a fire, they would be easily recognizable. While inevitably some buckets would be lost or stolen after a fire had been extinguished, such labeling increased the likelihood that buckets would be retrieved and taken home by their proper owner. Sargent possessed two buckets, as was often required by local law; buckets would frequently be purchased in pairs. Numbering his buckets provided an obvious distinction between the two, which would have been useful should one have been lost or stolen during a fire.
Location
Currently not on view
Object Name
bucket, fire
date made
1841
maker
unknown
Physical Description
leather (overall material)
Measurements
width: 9 in; x 22.86 cm
ID Number
2005.0233.0281
accession number
2005.0233
catalog number
2005.0233.0281
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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