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Catalog Number 1955.290.001
Object Name Certificate, Membership
Scope & Content Detroit Fire Department appointment certificate issued to James P. Teller of Eagle Company No. 2. The certificate is signed by Common Council clerk Robert E. Roberts, Fire Department President David Smart, Fire Department Treasurer F. Buhl, and Chief Engineer J. Stewart[?], and bears the metallic gold-colored embossed seals of the Fire Department of the City of Detroit. At the top, an engraving, by George W. Hatch, based on a painting by Henry Inman, captioned "Protection and Benevolence," shows the Roman god Neptune receiving a pair of keys from a woman, who wears a crown, holds a caduceus and stands beside a shield, possibly intended as either Minerva or Mercury. To their right, another woman hands a document marked "The Department Fund," to another woman, dressed in black, who sits cradling a baby. An engraving, credited to N. Gray, of the fire engine labeled Eagle Company No. 2 is at the bottom of the document. The certificate is mounted on linen.
Date c. 1845
Year Range from 1843
Year Range to 1848
People Teller, James P.
Hatch, George W.
Extent of Description 18" x 14.5"
Collection Fire Department
Search Terms Detroit Fire Department
Eagle Company No. 2
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