Friendship Firehouse Hose Reel Ornament (2020)
Friendship Fire Company purchased the hose-reel carriage in 1858 from coachmaker and Friendship member Robert F. Prettyman. It was fitted with two large bells to sound the alarm as it was pulled through Alexandria’s streets, designed to be used for both fire fighting and for exhibiting prominently in parades. In 2020, the hose carriage received professional conservation. After meticulous paint analysis and examination, it was restored to its original ornate paint scheme of blue with gold embellishments and details in a variety of other colors. The three-dimensional gold ornament displays the many details of the 1858 Hose Reel Carriage.


Item #005832