Treasure #62 Fire buckets

Fire buckets

Fire buckets

These matching leather fire buckets hung in the home of J. Guppey of Dover in 1819. Residents were required to have one bucket for each fireplace in their house. Guppey (or Guppy) is an ancient name in Dover, going back to the 17th century in the Portland Avenue area. The buckets were made of leather because it was lighter than wood, thus easier to pass in a citizens’ “bucket brigade” from a water source to a fire. After the fire, all the buckets were piled together in a heap, so it was customary to decorate your home’s buckets and paint your name on the exterior.

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