Below is a photo from the 1920's of this hose reel in a parade. The hose has been replaced with flowers for the parade. This carriage belonged to a volunteer fire department in NYC before the Civil War. After the war the department was disbanded and in 1871 the carriage was sold to Ansonia CT. It has hand carved wood foliage and eagle heads, delicate iron work and elaborate etched glass lanterns.
A two wheeled vehicle is a cart, and a four wheeled one is a carriage. This hose carriage has a blue spool and vermilion running gear. It is a delicate looking vehicle, yet it needed to be strong. The wet hose was heavy. The carriage was hand pulled by the firemen with rope from two small spools below the front axle.