Framed Engraved Firemen's Ball Ticket, c. 1838, the ticket depicting a scene with firemen rescuing citizens from a burning building and fighting the fire, inscribed "ANNUAL BALL/WE EXTINGUISH ONE FLAME AND CHERISH ANOTHER/LADIES TICKET/Live Oak Fire Engine Comp'y 44," the backboard of the frame indistinctly inscribed "First Ball Given by Live Oak Fire Engine/December 1839/Lafiette Hall Broadway N.Y.," 3 7/8 x 5 1/2 in., in a period painted wood frame.
Note: The Live Oak Fire Engine Company 44 of New York City was a volunteer fire department organized August 2, 1824, by several shipbuilders located around Manhattan Island after a large fire destroyed a steam sawmill which spread and destroyed a shipyard, several vessels, timber, and a fire engine.
Minor toning, crease, paper applied around edges on reverse.
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