George Edward Milligen Collections: Fire Engines
This page provides information and photos of the fire engines that are known to have been in George Milligen's collection.
Albion Estate Fire Engine 1906
This is a 1906 Albion 16 hp estate fire engine with a Merryweather steam driven fire pump. It has a 2350cc engine and was purchased by the Duke of Sutherland for his estate at Dunrobin Castle. It had been built as a wagonette and the Duke had the Merryweather fire pump fitted - possibly coming from an earlier horse-drawn version. The engine blew up in 1932 and it was converted to a trailer. Later owners restored it using parts from other vehicles and George purchased it at auction in 1966 for an unknown price. At the time of the 2004 auction it was in need of further restoration.
The estimated sale price in the 2004 Bonhams auction catalogue was £20,000-£25,000. It sold for £21,850 including premium.
French Horse-drawn Fire Engine
Described in the auction catalogue as a finely constructed and beautifully detailed French horse-drawn 4-8 man manual fire engine from Commune de Farges-lès-Chalon in the Saône-et-Loire department in the region of Bourgogne in eastern France and dating from the 19th Century. Hand-powered pumps drive the water through hoses. It is 6 Ft 2.5" high and 9 Ft 2" long.
The estimated sale price in the 2004 Bonhams auction catalogue was £3,800-£4,500. It sold for £5,750 including premium.
Shand Mason Fire Engine
Described in the auction catalogue as a rare 19th Century Shand Mason two-wheel manual steam fire engine. It is 5 Ft 8.5" high and 5 Ft long.
The estimated sale price in the 2004 Bonhams auction catalogue was £5,000-£6,500. It sold for £4,025 including premium.
Merryweather 'Montreal' Fire Engine
Described in the auction catalogue as a rare Merryweather 'Montreal' class medium single-cylinder horse-drawn steam fire engine from circa 1868. Built by Merryweather & Sons of Greenwich. The company had won first prize for large steam fire engines at the 1863 Crystal Palace Exhibition with its previous 'Sutherland' fire engine. Over 230 of this particular model were sold and advertised to the nobility for protecting mansions against fire and also capable for use for irrigation purposes. This one belonged to Victor Albert George Child-Villiers, 7th Earl of Jersey for his estate at Middleton Park, Bicester, Oxfordshire. The manufacturer claimed that the engine could "pump through 1,000 feet of hose, up a hill 60 feet high and then deliver a jet to a height of 100 feet. It is 7 Ft 2.5" high and 12 Ft long.
The estimated sale price in the 2004 Bonhams auction catalogue was £35,000-£45,000. It sold for £14,950 including premium.