|Object Name||Bucket, Fire|
Leather fire bucket. Cylindrical, sewn construction with rolled rim. Exterior painted black with inscription on side in gold paint: "M. LAFORGE. / NO. 2." Interior painted red. Overall height 11.75 inches. The bucket appears to have had a strap handle which is now missing.
(Keywords: Firefighter, Firefighting Equipment, New York)
|Ownership and History||
In colonial and early America, laws required households to keep fire buckets readily available to extinguish fires, and the owner's name was usually painted on the side of each bucket. The inscription on this bucket could indicate that it belonged to the LaForge family.
Later in the 19th century, bucket companies such as Excelsior Bucket 1 (est. 1858, Stapleton) and Relief Bucket 2 (est. 1863, Stapleton) were organized. Bucket companies had a wagon containing a large number of leather buckets used on a bucket line.
|Lexicon Sub-category||Regulative & Protective T&E|
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