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Parade Torch, c. 1865
Silver-plated pewter with wooden handle, 41 inches
Engraved on the side: “27”; in the center within a shield: “From the Athletic Association to Moyamensing Hose Company, October 16, 1865.”
References: Garvan and Wojtowicz 1977, 120, illus.
RS 6331


This parade torch was presented to the Moyamensing Hose Company No. 27 by the Athletic Association specifically for use in the Great Parade that was held in Philadelphia on October 16, 1865. Founded in 1837 and located on Eighth Street below South Street, the Moyamensing Hose Company No. 27 had grown into a large and active organization that had 275 members marching in the parade. The Public Ledger on September 19, 1865, predicted that “the Moyamensing Hose Company will make a grand display in the coming parade. Their lady friends intend presenting them six fire torches, six plated fire horns, axes and a beautiful silk flag.” This torch was probably one of the six that the article alluded to, and presumably the “lady friends” were affiliated with the Athletic Association, a German organization devoted to civic virtue that had been founded in 1851.

  


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