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Maker(s):Potter, R. T.
Culture:American
Title:Fire bucket
Date Made:1835
Type:Container
Materials:Leather and paint
Place Made:North America; United States; Massachusetts; New Bedford
Measurements:Overall: 19 1/8 in x 8 3/8 in; 48.6 cm x 21.3 cm
Accession Number:  MH SK 2006.17.INV
Credit Line:Joseph Allen Skinner Museum, Mount Holyoke College
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Description:
Water bucket, spherical with worn leather handle. Red rim, black body. In yellow letters: "R.T. Potter, No. 3, 1835."

Label Text:
Buckets like this were used in “bucket brigades” where a line of men would pass similar containers full of water to fight a blaze. This bucket belonged to R. T. Potter who was a member of the volunteer-based Engine Number 3, perhaps in New Bedford, Massachusetts where Skinner acquired the object.

Tags:
storage

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