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    Posted 10 years ago

    metalman
    (31 items)

    Found this at a garage sale about 9 yrs ago. Thought it looked cool but did not know what it was at first. Found out it was made 1875-1910 was used as a bellow to pump air into the firemans helmets, then later they would attach the horn and use as a warning devise. This horn came off an old ship here in Seattle the seller told me.

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    Comments

    1. metalman metalman, 10 years ago
      Thank you officialfuel
    2. metalman metalman, 10 years ago
      Thank you chevy59
    3. metalman metalman, 10 years ago
      thanks toolate2
    4. metalman metalman, 10 years ago
      Thank you EbayMan
    5. metalman metalman, 10 years ago
      Thank you tikiray and kerry10456
    6. metalman metalman, 10 years ago
      Thanks oilman514 any new signs today?
    7. metalman metalman, 10 years ago
      Thanks AR8Jason
    8. Louis, 10 years ago
      Hi, came across your post yesterday. I have a similar bellow, but not with the horn, it has been lying in my garage for about 10 years. Any idea what it is worth ?
    9. pickrknows pickrknows, 10 years ago
      I've never seen anything used like this for firefighting. This looks like a foot bellows for a small forge for eitherblacksmithing or glass blowing. A real cool item in terrific shape. The horn on it looks cool also,but most likely replaces a hose that would have gone there.
    10. oldfirestuff oldfirestuff, 10 years ago
      I also have one of these early fireman's air mask pump converted to a "fire alarm horn". I found the history on the internet. The English company who built these also was credited with developing the first underwater diving helmet & pump. I understand that these bellows pumps were replaced in the early 1900's with hand turned rotary air pumps which supplied a consistant air supply in lieu of the bellows which suplied a intermittent air supply. My pump still has the brass "emergency line code" plate on it. I believe the horns were supplied by the same company to convert these to a emegency signaling device. You can see my unit on our web site http://www.oldfirestuff.com . look for English Fire Horn under "Alarms" category.

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