Hartford CT hand engine no. 1

more Hand Tubs

Restoring the gold leaf decoration
on antique hand engines...

These early engines were decorated in many different ways. The wheels and iron work were striped in the same traditional patterns that a commercial wagon or fine carriage would be. The tub body was where each engine was given a unique ornament. Some had landscape paintings of local sights. Some had geometric patterns, others had painted flowers, a portrait, an allegorical scene or whatever the firemen requested.

closeup of woodwork on 1888 Rumsey hand engine before restoration 1888 Rumsey hand fire engine before restoration.Rob Saudier restoring woodwork on 1888 Rumsey hand engine badge for Pronto Eng. Co. 1Fire Gold workshop with 1888 Rumsey hand engine restoration 1888 Rumsey hand engine restored by Firefly Restoration A.D. Ellis Engine Co. 1888 Rumsey restoration painted decoraton on 1888 Rumsey hand engine restored by Peter Achorn Gold leaf lettering on 1888 Rumsey hand engine by Peter Achorn

    Often the body was painted an expensive color while the wheels and running gear (which got worn and dirty) were painted a cheaper color. The iron work included most of the moving parts. It got the most handling and was often painted black. The fire department could touch up most scratches by only keeping some black varnish available.

Flat gold leaf scrollwork on tub sides of 1888 Rumsey hand engine by Peter Achorn. East Syracuse lettering on crane neck of 1888 Rumsey hand engine 1888 Rumsey hand fire engine with restored decoration by Peter Achorn. 1848 Albany fire Peter Achorn with restored Gleeson & Bailey hand fire engine Valdez hand engine by Gleeson & Bailey before restoration.Badge from Hoboken FDhand engine decoration restored and Fire Gold for Firefly Restoration.Peter Achorn moving Gleeson & Bailey hand fire engine Wheel decoration on restored Gleeson & Bailey hand fire engineValdez hand engine lettering and pin-stripes by Peter Achorn Front end ornament on Gleeson & Bailey hand fire engine by Peter Achorn Gold leaf scroll work on tub side of Gleeson & Bailey hand fire engine Gold scroll detail showing shading on Gleeson & Bailey hand fire engine Stripes, lines and gilded ornaments on Gleeson & Bailey hand fire engine restoration restored Gleeson & Bailey hand fire engine by Firefly Restoration Knightville fire houseHunneman hand engine Boston1850 Hunneman hand fire engine restored by Firefly RestorationOriginal gold ornament found on 1850 Hunneman hand fire enginebadge from Meadville FDGold leaf ornament and stripes reatored on 1850 Hunneman hand fire engine by Peter Achorn. Close-up or restored ornament on 1850 Hunneman hand fire engine Gold leaf lettering with split shade on Massasoit hand engine in Damariscotta Mainerestored 1850 Hunneman hand fire engine at Firefly Restoration engraved silver fire dept. badgeBloomington fire dept. with hand engine and hose carriage.
James Smith hand engine Taniscot restored chemical cart decorated with gold paint by Peter Achorn Decoration by Peter Achorn on tongue of 1897 American Lafrance hose carriage for FDNY Decoration by Peter Achorn on handle of tongue on 1897 American Lafrance hose carriage for FDNY
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