<i>From the Collection of The Museum of Science and Industry, Chicago</i><br /><b>c.19th-century Waterous Engine Works Company Hose Reel </b>

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Lot 301¤
From the Collection of The Museum of Science and Industry, Chicago
c.19th-century Waterous Engine Works Company Hose Reel

Without reserve

Sold for US$ 8,250 inc. premium
From the Collection of The Museum of Science and Industry, Chicago
c.19th-century Waterous Engine Works Company Hose Reel

*Two-wheel hand-drawn Hose Cart with Hose*A rare example of a basic 19th century American fire-fighting apparatus
*Manufactured by the Waterous Engine Works Company of St. Paul, Minnesota
*In the collection of the Museum of Science and Industry, Chicago since 1948
*Restored and in excellent condition


The Waterous Hose Reel

The Waterous Engine Works Company was founded in Brantford, Ontario, Canada by
Charles H. Watrous in 1844, and began producing sawmill equipment, pumps, and fire engines. Over the years, the company gained a reputation for its high-quality farm and road-building equipment as well. Waterous' twin sons later moved to Winnipeg, where they established a manufacturing plant, and in 1886 moved its fire-engine manufacturing operations to St. Paul, Minnesota, which also produced cast-iron fire hydrants. The St. Paul branch is still in business. In 1898, the Watrous Engine Works Company introduced the first gasoline-engine-driven fire pump. The company built its last piece of fire apparatus in 1929, deciding to concentrate on manufacturing pumps and hydrants. Watrous has become a global concern; in 1965, it was purchased by American Hoist and Derrick, and in 1989 by Cast Iron Pipe Company.

The Apparatus Offered

This Watrous Hose Reel was used to bring lengths of hose – which was quite heavy in those days - to fire-fighting scenes, where the hose would be fitted to hydrants and whatever fire engine pumps were being used at the moment. Normally, a number of these hose reels were kept at each firehouse, and would be pulled by teams of firemen. Their relatively light weight and large wheels made them easy to roll and maneuver into position.

This example was donated to the Museum of Science and Industry, Chicago in 1948, along with several other pieces of fire apparatus, where they were all restored to period-correct form. This hose reel, a fine piece of 19th-century U.S. fire-fighting history, would be a fitting companion to the beautiful 1898 Waterous hand-drawn Village-type fire engine offered elsewhere in this catalog, and a welcome addition to any collection of vintage Americana.

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<i>From the Collection of The Museum of Science and Industry, Chicago</i><br /><b>c.19th-century Waterous Engine Works Company Hose Reel </b>
<i>From the Collection of The Museum of Science and Industry, Chicago</i><br /><b>c.19th-century Waterous Engine Works Company Hose Reel </b>
<i>From the Collection of The Museum of Science and Industry, Chicago</i><br /><b>c.19th-century Waterous Engine Works Company Hose Reel </b>
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