A rare matched pair of 19th century leather fire buckets marked “J-COLEMAN 1821 No. 1 and No. 2”. Each in an original green and gray paint with brick red trim and black leathering. We believe these fire buckets belonged to John Franklin Coleman 1788-1863 of Nantucket. Additionally, a treasury department document from the office of general superintendent U.S. life-saving service to Captain Henry Coleman of Nantucket dated Sept 27, 1889. The letter acknowledges the donation of a parcel of land to be used as a site for a life-saving station at Great Neck, Nantucket Island. A second document, a ships manifest agreement for the schooner Sacramento. This document declares the names of six members of the crew aboard the schooner on a voyage from San Francisco to the Sandwich Islands and return. Signed and dated November 6, 1850 and addressed to Captain Henry Coleman. Provenance from the Mayhew-Pinkham-Coleman family estate of Nantucket, Massachusetts. These families and their descendants were a part of the original families on Nantucket Island, with roots in the 17th century. Handles are present but detached, wear and abrasion throughout. Each of the 2 documents are legible and in fair to good condition. The ships manifest with areas of insect damage to paper, not in areas of text. Dimensions: Each bucket measures 14" h x 8 1/2" diameter.
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