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Title Certificate of appointment for Fireman of Hoboken, New Jersey, no date, ca. 1870-90. Blank and unissued.
Object Name Certificate, Membership
Catalog Number 2005.007.0001
Collection Hoboken Fire Collection
Credit Museum Collection.
Description Certificate of appointment for Fireman of Hoboken, New Jersey, no date, ca. 1870-90. Blank and unissued.

Engraved sheet 17-1/2" high x 23-1/2" wide with darkened area ca. 14" x 18" where engraved area was shown in a matte; edges have slight irregular trim. Plate mark: 13" high x 18" wide.

Allegorical engraving at top center, designed by J. Oertel, with King Neptune or Posiden rising from the water at the left. He is handing a key to a goddess(?) who will pass it to a fireman approaching her from the right. In the right background is a firefighting scene with firemen raising a ladder and others holding a hose. Ship masts are in the left background.

Text, all engraved, line for line:

Below engraving:
This is to certify [blank line for entry of name] is pursuant to Law nominated and appointed | One of the Firemen of Hoboken State of New Jersey.

Bottom left:
Hoboken, [blank line for entry] | [blank line for entry of Chief Engineer's name] | Chief Engineer, H.F.D.

Bottom right:
[blank line for entry of Mayor's name or signature] Mayor | [blank line for entry of City Clerk's name or signature] City Clerk.

Bottom center, an engraved vignette of fireman's hat and tools; below:
[blank line for date] 18 [blank line for last two digits of the year].
Date 1870-1890
Year Range from 1870
Year Range to 1890
Search Terms Hoboken Fire Department
Caption detail engraving
Imagefile 035\20050070001.tif
Classification Ceremonies
Fires
Government & Politics
Mayors
Art