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1851 Great Exhibition: Official Catalogue: Class V.: Moses Merryweather

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Figure 1. Carriage Fire Engine
Figure 2. Cabinet Fire Engine

401. MERRYWEATHER, MOSES, 63 Long Acre — Manufacturer

Carriage fire-engine to be drawn by two or four horses, London Fire Brigade pattern (Simpkins' patent), with 7-inch gun-metal cylinders, and spherical copper air-vessel; gun-metal pistons and valves in separate valve chambers; handles for 30 men, to fold up fore and aft; improved wrought-iron fire carriage, patent axles and springs; double delivery screws for attaching two lines of hose. Fully equipped with nose-pipes, jet-spreader, etc. Fig. 1 represents this engine, and the peculiar dress of the fire brigade.

Light carriage fire-engine, Simpkins' patent; country pattern for post-horses, with handles for 20 men. Equipped and furnished like the preceding.

Patent metallic fire-engine, for tropical countries, to be drawn by hand.

Ship fire-engine for six men; on the patent principle, with suction-pipes, delivery-hose, branch-pipe, etc.

Cabinet fire-engine, for mansions, picture galleries, etc.

Two portable conservatory engines.

A coil of best leather-hose, copper-riveted, with gunmetal union screws — London Fire Brigade pattern.

A coil of patent seamless canvas hose, screw, etc., as before.

An improved short branch-pipe and nozzle fitted with Baddeley's jet-spreader.— Registered 1842.

An improved metal breeching for connecting two separate lines of hose into one, or for dividing one line into two.— Invented by Lord Thurlow; registered 1844.

Improved preventor (or fire-hook), capable of being lengthened indefinitely.— W. Baddeley, inventor.

Six improved japanned leather helmets, and leather belts and axes, for firemen.

Leather and canvas fire-buckets.

Set of seven portable fire-escape ladders on hand carriage, with guide wheels, safety-belt and rope, as supplied to the City police, etc.

Domestic family fire-escape, simple and easily applied. Fireman's leather morion, as made in the early part of the 18th century.

Old English leather black-jack, of the same period. Old English leather plate-basket, of the same period.

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