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Object Name Lantern
Date ca. 1888-1912
Description Metal and glass lantern with bail handle. Metal has black finish, and base has an applied medallion which reads, "FIRE POLICE / 4 / OF TOMPKINSVILLE." The lamp's original fluid reservoir appears to have been altered to a bulb socket, suggesting later use as an electric lamp. Stamped on top " DIETZ / STANDARD 39 / NEW YORK. "
(Keywords: Firefighter, Firefighting Equipment, Watchman)
Acquisition Gift of Jacques Noel Jacobsen, Jr.
Ownership and History According to Webb's Consolidated Directory of 1886, The Tompkinsville Fire Police Company performed duties similar to those of the Fire Insurance Patrol in New York City. Thus, protection of property from destruction due to fire and its aftermath seems to have been a primary mission of the organization. The directory stated, "It is regularly chartered by the State, has about 40 members on its active list, and some of the oldest and most influential names on the island can be found on its roll."

Earliest Date 1888
Latest Date 1912
Maker Dietz
Subjects Fire fighting
Fire fighters
Law enforcement
Lexicon Sub-category Lighting Device
Catalog Number 82.071.0002
Support Acknowledgment Online Collections Database record made possible by the Staten Island Historical Society, 2011.
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