New York: 1807. Engraved certificate dated May 27th 1811, admitting James Jones as a fireman in New York City. This certificate was made during the period when the fire department was made up of volunteers who formed rival gangs, each with its own runners who competed to get to the fire first. With an engraving at the bottom of firemen in action, with the caption, "Engraved by Peter Maverick from a drawing by Archibald Robertson. The text reads, "These are to certify that James Jones is pursuant to law, nominated and appointed one of the Firemen of the City of New York, May 27th, 1811 By the Com. Council, J Morton, clerk." No. 34 at the upper right.
Toned & laid down with light damp mark at two places at right edge; toned vertical line at middle caused by crack in wood backing behind the certificate. 10 x 13 3/4". Eno 67. Item #19653