This listing is for a elaborately decorated silver plated presentation fireman's horn or speaking trumpet dated 1871. The trumpet has embossed flowers and swags around the wide top with a large cartouche holding an engraved steam fire engine on one side and a fireman's ladder, hat and horn engraved in a medallion on the reverse. The long mid-section of the horn is decorated with engraved flowers and a center cartouche engraved "Presented to Jas. Lambert by the members of Oceola Eng. Co. No 1, Jan. 1st 1871". The lower section above the mouthpiece is also decorated with an elaborate floral design. There is a decorative engraved band around the mouthpiece and around the wide lower opening. There are brass carrying rings attached at the two connecting sections which would hold a cord or leather strap to facilitate carrying.
Dimensions: 17 3/8" high with a 7 5/8" top diameter and a 2 5/8" wide mouthpiece. Weighs just over 2 pounds.
Condition: This unusual fireman's trumpet is in very good to excellent Estate condition with no dents and reflecting only expected signs of normal wear. The only noted flaw is a scrape in the silver plate at the side of one of the carrying rings. This is a great example of early fire memorabilia and would be a nice addition to any collection of fireman's items.