FIRE PROTECTION SOCIETY EQUIPMENT: A PAIR OF PAINTED LEATHER FIRE BUCKETS WITH CANVAS BAGS AND BED WRENCHES, THE PROPERTY OF J.M. WASHBURN, FEDERAL FIRE SOCIETY, PORTSMOUTH, NEW HAMPSHIRE, CIRCA 1914.
Jackson M. Washburn (1879-1955) of 39 Lafayette Rd. and 401 Islington St., Portsmouth, was a cashier at the National Mechanics and Traders Bank. When he died at the age of 75 in 1955, he was the oldest continuous member of the Mechanic Fire Society and the Federal Fire Society.The buckets painted with a cartouche enclosing flames and lettered “J.M. Washburn/ No. 1 (and No. 2) / F.F.S./ 1789″ on the front, the reverse with red, gold and black stripes. Each with leather swing handle and fitted with a wooden lid. The canvas bags stencilled ” No. 1 (and No. 2) / J.M. Washburn/ F.F.S./ 1789.” Height of buckets over handles 18 ½ inches.