The famous Fox of the Fame Fire Co.

Ahrens-Fox Co.

Restoring the gold leaf decoration
on Ahrens-Fox fire apparatus...

This company is a descendant of the Moses Latta Company that built the first steam fire engine in America. Chris Ahrens and his son in law Charles Fox joined to form their new company about 1904. Their motorized engines can be easily spotted by the front mounted piston pump. The distinctive spherical air chamber crowns the pump.

two engines before restoration Ahrens-Fox frame in Fire Gold workshop before decoration. 1925 Ahrens-Fox fire engine restored by Firefly Restoration. Wilmington Engine Co No 5 Ahrens-Fox parts with gold leaf applied. Hose body lettering being shaded on 1926 Ahrens-Fox. Ahrens-Fox fire engine in U.S. Army. Side detail of 1925 Ahrens-Fox fire engine. Ahrens-Fox gas tank end scroll. White over red 1925 Ahrens-Fox restored by owner, decoration by Peter Achorn. Springfield Ohio fire engines painted white.

    I have worked on the restoration of over two dozen Ahrens-Fox fire engines. The decorative corner scrolls did not change over the years. Very little custom decoration was used on these vehicles, though they were painted in many colors.

Brown 1925 Ahrens-Fox fire engineFactory photo of Ahrens-Fox showing original decoration. Restored 1925 Ahrens-Fox fire engine at Firefly Restoration. Hand painte scrolls and lettering on Ahrens-Fox seat riser, by Peter Achorn. 1924 Ahrens-Fox piston pump with gold stripes and nickle plating. old photo of Ahrens-Fox in shop for repair... by an old mechanic. 1928 Ahrens-Fox restoration on display in Biddeford Maine. Silver and gold prismatic star on inlet of Ahrens-Fox piston pump. Ahrens-Fox fire engine restoration. Side view of restored 1928 Ahrens-Fox fire engine. Ahrens-Fox wreck in 1922. Hand painted gold leaf scrolls on restored Ahrens-Fox hose body. 1924 Ahrens-Fox piston pump with stripes complete, ready for reassembly. Ahrens-Fox style lettering with double shade. 1927 Ahrens-Fox restoration for Bristol PA Ahrens-Fox water tank lettering.1930 Ahrens-Fox front axle with stripes.1924 Ahrens-Fox restored fire engine, about to be delivered. 1924 Ahrens-Fox hood decoration. Hood lettering and hand painted scene on 1924 Ahrens-Fox fire engine restoration. seat section of 1936 Ahrens-Fox fire engine. Restored lettering on seat of 1936 Ahrens-Fox fire engine. Hand painted Ahrens-Fox seat scroll by Peter Achorn.
old photo of 1921 Ahrens-Fox.Restored 1931 Ahrens-Fox being delivered to Great Lakes lighthouse.Restored 1927 Ahrens-Fox fire engine in a Bristol PA parade
Hood of a Texas Ahrens-Fox fire engine. Standard factory decoration restored on a 1925 Ahrens-Fox fire engine by Peter Achorn. Seat riser hand painted and gilded decoration on a 1931 Ahrens-Fox showing an earlier style of decoration on a 1918 Ahrens-Fox fire engine.1925 Ahrens-Fox restoration side detail. Close-up of hand painted gold leaf scroll on an Ahrens-Fox hose body. 1931 Ahrens-Fox restoration by Firefly Restoration.
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