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The bucket is made of leather parts stitched together and has a handle of plant fiber rope (likely hemp) covered in leather. The handle is attached with two ferrous metal rings at the top of the bucket. The interior is black and may have been painted or coated with tar for waterproofing, and...

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On front: "Benjamin Damrell" [prevously catalogued as "Damrett"] on banner held in eagle's mouth On front: "A [illegible] L O [and possibly second word, also effaced] " on banner near bottom On back: "No. 2 / 1813"


History of ownership: presumably made originally for Benjamin Damrell (1771-ca. 1821)of Portsmouth, New Hampshire, as one of at least two buckets he acquired when he joined the Alert Fire Society of Portsmouth, founded in 1813; 1929, lent by J. Templeman Coolidge, of Boston and Portsmouth, February 27, 1929; 1932, gift of J. Templeman Coolidge (Accession Date July 21, 1932)

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Gift of John Templeman Coolidge

about 1813

Object Place

Portsmouth, New Hampshire, United States


35.56 x 25.4 x 26.67 cm (14 x 10 x 10 1/2 in.)

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Medium or Technique

Painted leather, probably hemp, metal