FOR LIFE OR DEATH

HEROISM ON LAND
(WITH 4 HORSES)

Reference Number:- Sprake Number:- Godden Number:-
st 228 STG189 26
 

common version with all blue coated riders and firemen:
Old steam fire engine drawn by four horses
 
 
version with colour variation of horse riders coats:
Old steam fire engine drawn by four horses

Words:
Woven on silk:-
 

Printed at bottom of card-mount:-
Woven in Silk by Thomas Stevens, Inventor and Manufacturer, Coventry and London. (Registered)

For Life or Death.
HEROISM ON LAND

Size:
Card-mount:
12.4 cm deep by 19.0 cm wide

silk:
5.0 cm high by 14.6 cm wide

Comments:
by Austin Sprake:
An early steam fire-engine drawn by four horses, with an out-rider, racing to a burning house. Variations of colour exist in the fire-engine and the men's clothing. 

by Geoffrey Godden:
There are two distinct versions of this subject but both depict a horse-drawn fire engine. This, the first, shows four horses drawing the engine, with a fifth horse and rider spurring them on. A three-storey house is seen in flames in the top left-hand corner of the picture.
This version was registered on 2nd April 1880, the title first appearing on label 13 and most examples being found with type B card-mounts [as the image above]. The sub-heading to this title is 'Heroism on Land', and the pair to it is "Called to the Rescue - Heroism at Sea" [see st56 on this site]

Other comments:
Design registered 2 April 1880, although the Diamond Registration Mark impressed on top right corner of card-mount (not shown on the image) has an actual date of 6 April 1880 instead.

 



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