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1920's Howard 34 Fire Engine - Made by Donald Tiffany

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Posted 7 years ago

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These two scale models, the Howard 34 & Southwark 38, were made in the late 1920's by noted model builder Donald M. Tiffany for New York City fire-fighting collector Nelson Cowell. They came into my possession in 1974 as I went through my employer's hotel "junk" headed for the dumpster. Both engines are one-of-a-kind.

The Howard 34 measures 16.5" x 5.5" x 7.5" and the Southwark 38 measures 19" x 5.5" x 9.5". Both were made of authentic materials from original blueprints.

I have for years unsuccessfully attempted to obtain an appraised value estimate for insurance purposes. Now, I would like to give the models to the NYC Fire Museum and wish to establish a value for that purpose.

If someone knows of an appraisor who may be able to assist me in determining the estimated value of these very special pieces I would appreciate their contact information. Thank you.


  1. Shawnl86 Shawnl86, 7 years ago
    Very Nice!
  2. handmadetoys, 6 years ago
    Hi to bosterling1; I recently purchased a handmade, had pulled HOWARD 34 fire pumper. This would go well with a 6 inch tall doll. Probably a 1/12 or 1/10 size model? Mine is very similar to Yours but some differences. The front hose holder is brass on top of a square box with a dome that measures 1 3/4 inches wide, 3/4 inches deep & 1 3/4 to top of dome. This model has plenty of simulated brass trim & brass deacaling pin stripes. This model is built mosetly of wood, brass & plastic. Mine to the top of the rear tank is 6 inches, outside hand rail to outside hand rail is 4 1/2 inches, overall length is 13 inches. Rear wheel diameter is 3 1/2 inches, front wheels are 2 1/4 inches. Left side has a brass holder for an extra length of hose. I recently purchased mine at auction. I've done some restoration to this. This is a very nicely detailed built model. Your model sounds slightly larger than this one. Yours is the second one I've seen now. Hope You find the pieces & parts You need to restore Yours! Your HOWARD 34 model looks GREAT!!! Hope all goes well in Your search.
  3. Lauradoron, 6 years ago
    Thank you for saving these and posting the pictures! Donald Tiffany was my great grandmothers brother and our family loves to see his work!
    Best of luck with the appraisal and thank you for giving them to a museum so they will be protected!

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