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Object Name Trumpet, Fireman's
Date 1863
Description Fireman's presentation trumpet. Silver-plated metal, with shaped mouthpiece, conical shaft, and flared opening. Two applied rings are attached to the side (one in the form of an eagle's head) as if for holding a strap. Decoration includes relief and engraved flowers, scrolls, and cartouches with firefighting symbols such as hooks and ladders, helmet, ax, hose, uniform, and hydrant. Engraved inscription on side: "PRESENTED / TO / WILBUR F. DISOSWAY / by the Members of / ZEPHYR HOSE CO. / NO 4 / of Port Richmond / Staten Island / Feb. 22, 1863." Metal maker's label inside: "F.S. MONROE, JR. CO. / EXTRA PLATE / NEW YORK." Overall length 23.5 inches.
(Keywords: Firefighter, Commemorative, Firefighting Equipment)
Ownership and History Wilbur Fisk Disosway (1836-1905) was a foreman of Zephyr Hose Company No. 4, which was organized in 1861 and incorporated by the New York State Legislature in 1862. Mr. Disosway was also elected as the first secretary of the North Shore Fire Department when it was organized on April 2, 1874.

Fire trumpets were used by a company's officers to shout orders and encouragement over the noise of a fire. Working, or duty, trumpets were of plain brass. Parade trumpets (carried on festive occasions, sometimes filled with flowers) and presentation trumpets (given as awards of recognition) were usually more elaborate in design, as with this example.
Earliest Date 1863
Latest Date 1863
Maker F.S. Monroe, Jr.
Material Silverplate
Subjects Fire fighting
Fire fighters
Lexicon Sub-category Sound Communication T&E
Associated People Disosway, Wilbur Fisk
Catalog Number X97.0814
Support Acknowledgment Online Collections Database record made possible by the Staten Island Historical Society, 2011.
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