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Object Name Bucket, Fire
Date ca. 1830-1880
Description 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)
Acquisition Museum Purchase
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.
Earliest Date 1800
Latest Date 1900
Subjects Fire fighters
Fire fighting
Lexicon Sub-category Regulative & Protective T&E
Catalog Number A36.0099
Support Acknowledgment Online Collections Database record made possible by the Staten Island Historical Society, 2011.
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