18th century English leather fire bucket. Measures 12 inches high by 10 inches wide. Original emblem of a crown on the front. Missing handles.The risk of fire was great in Stuart England. People used candles for light and open fires for cooking. Houses were built close together and were made out of wood. Tradesmen used large ovens and often kept supplies of fuel in their houses and the many inns had stables attached to them filled with hay and straw.There were many fires in seventeenth century London. A fire in 1633 destroyed houses on London Bridge and in 1643 another fire caused £2,880 worth of damage. In 1650 seven barrels of gunpowder exploded in a fire in Tower Street that made 41 houses uninhabitable.People did not have house insurance and if their house was damaged by fire they had to rely on the charity of other people to replace their possessions.Many Puritans believed that fire was a punishment from God for man's sinfulness. In the years before 1666, Puritans who criticized Charles II's love of women and good living predicted that there would be a 'Great Fire'. As early as 1200 laws had been passed banning people from thatching their roofs. By 1600 most houses in London did not have thatched roofs. From www.historyonthenet.com. Fire buckets in colonial towns had the owners names painted on them. Laws often required residents to purchase them and keep them in repair. "Bucket Brigades" were commonly used which consisted of 2 lines of people stretching from the town well or river to the fire. They passed buckets of water to the fire, and empty buckets back to the water source to be refilled. later, with the invention of the hand pumper, bucket brigades were used to keep the burning building from spreading to other buildings. Swabs (mops) were used to extinguish embers on roofs. Fire fighting got an edge with the invention of the hand pumper, or Handtub. the Foreman of the pump companies would use a large "speaking trumpet" to give orders to his crew. Forn Haverhill Fire Fighting Museum. http://www.haverhillfirefightingmuseum.org/history-of-firefighting.php
Jennie Burr full length profile drawing of a young soldier in a relaxed stance, examining his service revolver. Charcoal on L. Berville paper, signed J. M. Burr Feb. 7, 1901. Paper measures 12 x 19; frame measures 13.5 x 20.5. Some minor spotting at the edges. Jennie Burr (1872-1961) was born into Monroe, CT's most prominent family. Her father was a very successful farmer. She attended and graduated from Mt Holyoke College and the Yale School of Fine Arts. These accomplishments were very rare for a young woman in those days. Listed in Who Was Who in American Art by Peter Falk. Exhibition at the New Britain Museum of American Art New Britain CT. Catalogue of work produced by The Connecticut Gallery Inc. This drawing was acquired directly from an heir to the estate. If you wish to browse our entire available inventory please go to OneofaKindAntiques.com. We also offer a consultation service AntiquesConsultant.com, ... as well as an online price guide at PriceMyItem.com.
A fantastic pair of WWl 75 mm brass shell casings made into fireplace andirons. They each measure 22 inches high, 19 inches deep front to back and 12.5 inches wide at their base. This item is on display in our gallery at Old Saybrook Antiques Center and can be seen in-person by visiting 756 Middlesex Tpke Old Saybrook, CT 06475. For hours of operation visit: http://www.OldSaybrookAntiquesCenter.com If you wish to browse our entire available inventory please go to OneofaKindAntiques.com. We also offer a consultation service AntiquesConsultant.com, ... as well as an online price guide at PriceMyItem.com. Connecticut residents and buyers picking up in Connecticut please add the CT state sales tax. Buyers outside the USA are responsible for any taxes, tariffs or customs that might apply.