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Lot 21: An American LaFrance Steam Fire Engine No. 496, 1904,

Gray's Auctioneers

November 18, 2019
Cleveland , OH, US

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An American LaFrance Steam Fire Engine No. 496, 1904, 'Built for the Greensboro, North Carolina Fire Department in 1904. It is a horse drawn steam pumping engine built shortly after the merger of the American Fire Engine Company of Cincinnati OH and the LaFrance Fire Engine Company of Elmira NY. This company thereafter became know as the American LaFrance Fire Engine Company with a factory in Elmira. This engine was of the LaFrance pattern and was the 496th such engine built by the LaFrance Company, but was the first engine built under the new company name and might well have been numbered American LaFrance No. 1. It is, therefore, an important machine in regard to the manufacturer's own history. This engine is a double steam cylinder, double water pump machine, known as a Second Size Steam Fire Engine, which would pump 750 gallons per minute at a pump pressure of 120 pounds per square inch. It would supply easily three large fire hoses of 2 1/2 inch size with nozzles of 1 1/8 inch opening. It was drawn by two horses, stabled in the fire house with the engine. These highly trained animals would go to their places ahead of the engine by themselves on the sounding of an alarm. A fire alarm received by telegraph from a corner fire box would automatically sound a bell, turn on the lights and release the horses from their stalls. The horses and men would run to the fire engine and with a few quick snaps of the suspended harness, the horses were hitched and the engine would swing out of the station on its way to the fire within 25 seconds of the sounding of the bell. The fire box of the big boiler was prepared with a fire ready to light and the boiler would raise operating steam in three minutes from cold water. At the fire the pump was connected to a water supply and the big steam engine would soon be pumping fifteen barrels of water every minute on the fire. Greensboro firemen used this four ton machine from 1904 until the 1920's in everyday service and thereafter used it on big fires through the 1930's as a reserve engine. It was last pumped about 1940. It was purchased by Mr. D.R. Callaway of Winston-Salem, North Carolina, who used it for parades for several years and then sold it to Vincent K. O'Meara of Hialeah, Florida in August of 1951. It was on display in the Hialeah Fire Engine Museum for nearly four years and in May, 1959 it was moved to the new O'Meara Fire Engine Museum at Blowing Rock, North Carolina, where it was displayed until its removal to Gatlinburg, Tennessee in 1966. It remained there until it was acquired by its present owner for display at Cedar Point, Sandusky, Ohio in June of 1970. This fine machine was completely restored by Cedar Point in 1971 and was in a portion of the Town Hall Museum as a permanent display. Careful consideration was given to the original decoration and the colors used in the restoration and every attempt was made to strive for authenticity. The machine is decorated in red, gold and black and nearly all its original parts, valves and nameplates are intact. A brass bell identical to the original one furnished on the machine was added to it, as well as a pair of authentic Dietz-King fire department lanterns.' (Written on November 26, 1973 by Thomas C. Layton, Manager of Art Services and Restoration of Cedar Point, Incorporated). Dimensions: h: 9 ft. x w: 6 ft. x l: 14 ft. With a Cedar Point Certificate of Authenticity. “Please note no credit card payments for first time buyers and seven business day hold on all checks.”

Condition Report

Completely restored by Cedar Point in 1971.

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Accepted forms of payment: American Express, Discover, MasterCard, Money Order / Cashiers Check, Personal Check, Visa, Wire Transfer

Shipping

The Company can provide a successful bidder with a list of shippers if preferred AFTER FULL PAYMENT HAS BEEN RECEIVED. Property will not be released to a third party shipper without the buyer's consent, and unless the Company is in receipt of full payment. Any packing and handling by the Company is at the entire risk of the buyer and the Company bears no liability for any loss or damage to such items. The cost of shipment will be Buyer's full responsibility.

The Cedar Point Auction

by
Gray's Auctioneers
November 18, 2019, 11:00 AM EST

Cleveland , OH, US

Buyer's Premium

$0 - 499,999: 25.0%
$500,000+: 20.0%

From: To: Increment:
$0 $199 $10
$200 $499 $25
$500 $999 $50
$1,000 $1,999 $100
$2,000 $4,999 $200
$5,000 $9,999 $500
$10,000 $19,999 $1,000
$20,000 $49,999 $2,000
$50,000 $99,999 $5,000
$100,000+ $10,000

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5 minutes/bid

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shipper without the buyer's consent, and unless the Company is in receipt of full payment. Any packing and
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damage to such items. The cost of shipment will be Buyer's full responsibility.
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Payment Due in 5 Days

The buyer shall pay the full purchase price which includes Hammer price, together with the 25% buyers' premium PLUS any applicable fees, taxes and shipping costs within five (5) days of the date of sale. Payment shall be made in US dollars by cash, cashier's or certified check, credit cards accepted by the Company, in-state personal check, or wire transfer.
Balances over $5,000 must be paid by wire transfer. Payment will not be considered complete until funds are cleared. No Property will be released to the buyer until payment has been made in full. If payment is made by check the Company reserves the right to hold Property purchased until funds have cleared the bank. Buyer agrees to pay the Company a handling charge of $50 for any check dishonored by the drawee.

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The Company can provide a successful bidder with a list of shippers if preferred AFTER FULL PAYMENT HAS BEEN RECEIVED. Property will not be released to a third party shipper without the buyer's consent, and unless the Company is in receipt of full payment. Any packing and handling by the Company is at the entire risk of the buyer and the Company bears no liability for any loss or damage to such items. The cost of shipment will be Buyer's full responsibility.

Ohio Sales Tax

Ohio residents are charged 8% sales tax. Buyers should contact Gray's if they are tax exempt.

Your Bid is a Contract

All the Property offered and sold through the Company shall be offered and sold under the Terms and Conditions set forth herein. YOUR BID IS A CONTRACT and ALL SALES ARE FINAL. By participating in any auction at the Company, you acknowledge that you accept and are bound by these Terms and Conditions, any of which may be modified or waived at the sole discretion of the Company.