JOHN S. BLUNT PAINTED LEATHER FIRE BUCKET, THE PROPERTY OF ROBERT NEAL, MECHANIC FIRE SOCIETY, PORTSMOUTH, NEW HAMPSHIRE, CIRCA. 1818.
According to records of the Mechanic Fire Society, Robert Neal (1780-1852), a cooper living at 11 South St. in Portsmouth, was a member of the Society from 1818-1835. The red-painted bucket depicting an eagle bearing the Cooper’s coat-of-arms and holding ribbons in its beak and talons lettered “MECHANIC FIRE SOCIETY” and “ROBERT NEAL” on the front; the reverse inscribed “No. 2” and “1811.” Height over handle 20 inches. Together with a copy of the Society’s Constitution with list of members and a booklet, “Songs Sung by Members of the Mechanic Fire Society.”
Provenance: Ronald Bourgeault Antiques, Hampton, New Hampshire, 1974.Note: This fire bucket is included in the John Samuel Blunt catalogue raisonne being compiled by Deborah M. Child, Portsmouth Athenaeum.