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Cornelius & Baker

Figure of a Weccacoe Volunteer Fireman, 1856–1874
Painted bronze, 12 inches high
Engraved on base: “Cornelius & Baker”
References: Garvan and Wojtowicz 1977, 137–138, illus.
RS 6338


This sand-cast, painted bronze statue represents a volunteer fireman from the Weccacoe Fire Company who stands holding a fire axe in his right hand so that it rests on his shoulder. The name “Weccacoe” is inscribed on the back of the fireman’s red cape and on his red parade hat. The date “1800” on his hat refers to the year the company was founded; at that time it was located at Front and Christian Streets in Philadelphia.

The Philadelphia firm Cornelius & Baker specialized in producing gas lighting fixtures and used this corporate name from 1856 to 1874. This figure, which has had its gas flue and lighting element removed, represents the fireman dressed in a style of uniform that the Weccacoe Fire Company had ceased to use by the time of the Great Parade in 1865.


  


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