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Bucket

Date: 19th century
Dimensions:
13 1/8 x 12 1/2 x 12 1/8 in. (33.3 x 31.8 x 30.8 cm.)
Medium: wood, metal, and red paint
Credit Line: The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens. Gift of Jonathan and Karin Fielding
Inscription: "S. B."
Object Number: 2016.25.118
Label Text:Fire, essential for heat, light, and food preparation, also posed a constant threat. Fires in Plymouth, Boston, Williamsburg, and Charleston, South Carolina, devastated those communities and prompted numerous building regulations and reforms. Leather buckets were used by volunteer firefighters, such as members of the Mechanic Fire Society in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, to bring water from local wells to douse the flames and prevent the fire's spread. These buckets were often decorated with elaborate motifs.