Fire Engine, Protection Engine Co. No. 5, Melrose, Morrisania, N.Y.

Object Number: 
1929.151
Date: 
1857
Medium: 
Mixed
Description: 
Hand-drawn and hand-power engine. Painted on front of carriage: "org' Melrose, Sep. 25th 1852"; on rear of carriage: "Respect all. Fear none"; on side "Protection 5". Varnished panels, running gear painted tan, striping gold and black. Accessories: one hurricane lamp, hinged pole, copper ram, short hose.
Gallery Label: 
Built in 1857 for Melrose Protection Co. No. 5 in the Bronx, and used until 1874, when Morrisania was annexed to NYC.
Credit Line: 
Gift of the 12 surviving members of Protection Engine Co. No. 5, Benevolent Association of Melrose, 1929
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Creative: Tronvig Group