Horse-drawn fire engines were used for some 50 years from the 1870s until the 1920s. The horses chosen for pulling the engines were the best of the best. Not only did they have to be able to stay calm with a raging fire but also with all of the brave fire fighters performing their duty. There were even documented cases of the horses lining up to haul their engines on their own. When the alarm sounded for a fire their stalls would open and they would move into position on their own. What amazing animals!
Emblazoned with an image of a horse-drawn steam powered pumper this vintage belt buckle is a must-have for any and all collectors of firematic memorabilia. This piece comes to us from an estate sale of such a person.
Above the horse and pumper are the words: AMERICA'S HEROE'S Fire DEPT
Below the image is a blank banner in which we believe that you could engrave your or a loved one's name or maybe a fire company's name. Though we also believe that is a beautiful piece as it is.
The buckle measures 3-11/16 inches wide by 2-13/16 inches high. It is made of a heavy metal, possibly bronze.