09/04/10 137 W, 1 I - + 4 - 6 Tarboro Hand Engine

At least three dozen hand engines have served in the Old North State, from a pair of British-built engines delivered to Salem in 1785, to the Howe hand pump delivered to Smithfield in 1906. Precious few appear to have survived, but this beauty's on display at Tarboro Fire Station 1.

Pulled and powered by hand. Make, model, and year are unknown. 'Twas photographed on a day trip to tour the town's large historic district. Were Mr. Blogger thinking straight, he would have looked at little closer, and seen if he could see a manufacturer's plate. Or maybe the thing was local- or shop-built?

Sanborn Fire Insurance Maps indicate that the town had a hand engine by 1886. Is this the same one? Perhaps an intrepid reader can assist with additional information. Click once or twice to enlarge:

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