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    Sale 2068 | Lot 50
    Price Realized: $13,800With Buyer's Premium
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    • Sale 2068 Lot 50

      PRESENTED BY THE COLORED WOMEN OF PHILADELPHIA (PHILADELPHIA.) Silver Fireman's Trumpet presented by the Colored Women of Philadelphia. Trumpet by Conrad Bard & Son. Conical body, embossed and chased with floral spray designs, hexagonal mouth with similar decoration; engraved with a presentation and two rims for suspension, 22 inches in length and weighing 20 ounces. Philadelphia, 1845
      Estimate $15,000-25,000

      The inscription reads "Presented to the Good Will Engine Co. By the Colored women of Philada. [sic] as a token of their appreciation of their manly, heroic and philanthropic efforts displayed on various trying occasions in defense of the persons, rights and property of their oppressed fellow citizens."
      The Good Will Fire Co. was involved in at least two episodes in which black community sites were attacked and set afire by rioting mobs. In 1838, they helped turn away a mob and extinguish a fire at the Shelter for Colored orphans, and in 1849 they were among the fire companies that fought several fires during an election day attack by a mob on several black sites.
      The silversmiths, Conrad Bard & Son operated in Philadelphia from approximately 1825-1854, and were sympathetic to the cause of the opressed. A pair of pitchers on stands by Conrad Bard & Robert Lamont were presented in 1841 to David Paul Brown in appreciation of his work in "advocating the rights of the oppressed, without regard to complexion or condition."
      Provenance: Sotheby's Americana Sale, June 22, 1995 , lot 413.

      Price Realized (with Buyer's Premium) $13,800