American (Cincinnati, Ohio), ca 1843. A coin silver presentation pitcher of helmet form with bands of decoration and scrolling handle, the engraved presentation surmounted by an eagle and reading Token Of Esteem / Presented / To / Miles Greenwood / By The / Independence Fire Engine and Hose Company / No. 3 / Cincinnati January 1st 1844, and engraved to foot EdwdÂ Kinsey / Maker; oah. 13.5 in., silver wt. 44.53ozt (1385g).
The presentation pitcher offered here is illustrated in Cincinnati Silver 1788-1940 by Amy Miller Dehan, Fig. 67.2, pg. 212. Miles Greenwood (1807-1885) was the founder of Eagle Ironworks. Located near Cincinnati, the factory was the largest in the Midwest, and a major producer of supplies and ammunition for the Union Army. Greenwood is also known for being a co-inventor of the first practical steam fire engines in the United States during the 1850s. Cincinnati became the first American city to form a professional fire brigade on April 1, 1853, and Greenwood was named the first Fire Chief. Eagle Ironworks manufactured the steam-powered engines which could pump water in just ten minutes, which was much faster than previous engines. Â
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