Work Trumpet

Work Trumpet

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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.
This brass work trumpet was used during the 19th century. Unusually, this trumpet is collapsible, designed with stacked sections, presumably for ease of storage.
Location
Currently not on view
Object Name
trumpet, speaking
date made
unknown
maker
unknown
place made
United States
Physical Description
brass (overall material)
Measurements
overall: 14 in; 35.56 cm
ID Number
2005.0233.0867
accession number
2005.0233
catalog number
2005.0233.0867
Credit Line
Gift of CIGNA Museum and Art Collection
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Work
Firefighting Collection
Speaking Trumpets
Data Source
National Museum of American History
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