Sectional Steamer & Hose. Unknown designer/artist.

Sectional Steamer & Hose

Springfield, Mass: Milton Bradle, circa 1880. Puzzle in Box. Complete sliced puzzle with 40 pieces and box. The chromolithographed pieces assemble to form a 5” x 3.5’ panoramic street scene featuring four racing late 1800s horse-drawn fire wagons. The pieces are all present and in nice shape; one has a very slight crease. The box is present but shows some wear. It's been mended a couple of times and is holding together but very fragile.

The puzzle is far more colorful and detailed than the illustration on the box top.

Very Good. Item #008855

There are two variations of this puzzle, each showing different types of fire wagons. This example includes a chemical pumper wagon, a hose wagon, a water tower wagon, and a steam fire engine. (The other includes a hook and ladder, an insurance vehicle, a different steamer, and different hose and chemical wagons.)

At the time of listing, OCLC shows only one of these original puzzles held by an institution, Princeton, however the New York Historical Society also has an example. There none for sale in the trade. There are no auction records in Rare Book Hub database, however Worthpoint lists one complete and one partial puzzle as having been sold at auction in the last five years.

Price: $450.00

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