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    Posted 5 years ago

    AnnaB
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    This truck was rescued from trash, someone no longer wanted it. It's been sitting in our garage for at least 10 years. Does anyone know who could make it or when? It's very heavy, and it looks "old", but the way it's painted makes me think it's not that old and is only made to look that way. The details are interesting, too. It has a solid built, but a couple of wooden parts are broken or cracked. There are no marks of any kind on it. I am just wondering if this is something special that should be kept away from a 5-year old who's been asking to play with it =) Thanks!

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    Comments

    1. pickrknows pickrknows, 5 years ago
      This is likely home made to replicate a hand pump fire apparatus, used in the 1800's.
      It is definitely well made and has a real aged look to it.
      Water was poured into the tank from buckets, while two people would pump the lever, sending water through the hose to fight fires in tall structures.
      These were either pushed by men or drawn by a horse team.
      Our department hear in Hamilton, Ont. has a real horse drawn version of this, which is much larger, in our Station #1 museum.
      Very nice piece to have rescued from the dump, and
    2. jscott0363 jscott0363, 5 years ago
      Wow!! That is incredible and to think it was going to be garbage!
    3. AzTom AzTom, 5 years ago
      That is cool and would be great in any collector fire equipment. As stated it's a display replica.

      As far as letting a 5 yo play with it, I would definitely say no. Looking at the cracked spokes it would not last long being played with. More importantly there are way too many pieces on that for a child to get hurt on.
    4. AnnaB AnnaB, 5 years ago
      AzTom, Nicefice, Rustfarm, jscott0363, RonM, EJW-54, pickrknows, bladerunner22, officialfuel, Manikin, GeodeJem, blunderbuss2, kyratango- thanks so much for the love!
      pickrknows, thank you for a clue and a great explanation of the truck's use. A fireman's job was, is and will always be one of the hardest and noblest ones, and i can only imagine how much harder it was in the early days. Deepest respect to all of them out there.
      jscott, yes, it's quite incredible what people discard sometimes. I have quite a collection of such trash treasures.
      Thank you, Nicefice!
      AzTom, you have a good point. I'm not a collector of fire equipment, but you and pickrknows gave me an idea of asking a local FD if they would like it for their display.
      I consider it solved! Thank you and happy holidays to all!
    5. AnnaB AnnaB, 5 years ago
      AntigueToys, thank you!
    6. Caperkid, 5 years ago
      Very cool piece Anna.
    7. AnnaB AnnaB, 5 years ago
      Thank you, Caperkid and farmlady :)
    8. AnnaB AnnaB, 5 years ago
      Kyratango, chrissylovescats, leighannrn, egreeley1976, usedcarlady, davekelejian-thank you much!
    9. SEAN68 SEAN68, 5 years ago
      Merry Christmas AnnaB!!! love it!!!
    10. AnnaB AnnaB, 5 years ago
      Thank you for the love, Sean. Merry Christmas to you and yours, too!
    11. AnnaB AnnaB, 5 years ago
      Thank you for the love Radegunder, Lady_Picker, TheGateKeeper, sugargirl, Designer, trukn20!
    12. AnnaB AnnaB, 5 years ago
      Nicefice, thank you so much! Merry Christmas to you and yours as well, and a happy, healthy and prosperous new year. I love your posts and your always kind words and comments! Best wishes! :-))
    13. AnnaB AnnaB, 5 years ago
      Hi Nicefice!
      Thank you so much! Same to you =) May you have a wonderful, healthy and safe year, my CW friend =)

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