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OLD “SIEBE GORMAN” - Air Pump - Fire Siren – ENGLISH

VISTA, CA 92081
United States
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I am offering an original (not a reproduction) English Fire Siren. In the early 1800s, this basic unit (no horn) was developed as a double bellows air pump providing air to a Firefighter’s smoke helmet. When a Firefighter went into confined areas (ship holds – mines - etc.), they had an air hose and lifeline attached and used a code based on pulls of this line allowing the helmet wearer and pump operator to communicate. These simple commands are displayed on the large brass “code of signaling” plate attached to the top of the pump. In the early 1900s more efficient air sources were being developed, so the company attached a large brass horn to the pump and marketed the unit as a Fire Siren. Assembled, this siren measures 27” long x 12” wide x 30” tall, and weighs 25 pounds. The manufacturer’s brass tag is still attached and reads: “EVERYTHING FOR SAFETY EVERYWHERE” “SIEBE GORMAN & CO LTD” “NEPTUNE WORKS” “CHESSINGTON, SURREY” “MANUFACTURES OF” “MINE AND INDUSTRIAL SAFETY APPLIANCES”. Also, the serial number 1062 has been stamped into the wood base. This English company was originated in 1814 by Augustus Siebe who invented and patented the first smoke helmet and pump as well as the first deep-sea helmet during the mid-1800s. Based on the design, materials used, and exceptional quality this particular unit was likely built in 1941, which was the year their Lambeth District of London plant was bombed, so they moved to Chessington, Surrey. I have owned this rare item over 35 years and have always enjoyed showing it to others. All the necessary maintenance has been done including treating the leather bellows to keep it as functional as possible. There is some air loss be it still blows loud and clear. This unusual artifact is a prime example of innovative British Craftsmanship. Additional Nautical Items Available - Call Cliff @ 760-809-5720 For More Information.
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