Residents hung firebuckets by their door for quick access if there was a fire in town and a bucket brigade was needed. Many communities required at least one firebucket per household. Firebuckets were imported from England as well as made locally. Made from heavy leather and sealed on the inside with a mixture of pitch, they often were painted on the outside with a family crest or the name of the local fire company. This bucket is a modern reproduction of one made in the 18th century.