#7060 Bikkers Hand-operated Fire Pump (1875) Louwman Museum
Bikkers Hand-operated Fire Pump (1875) at the Louwman Museum in The Hague (Holland)
This fire pump looks somewhat primitive and the water jet couldn't have been very efficient, but there wasn't really much else in the mid-19th century. This type of small fire pump could be found in villages and on private estates. The pump, built by the Bikkers company from Rotterdam in the Netherlands, had to be pulled by four men. Two long poles were put through the rings on either side of the siphons;
four men or more could then operate the pump by moving the pistons up and down.
The Louwman Museum in The Hague, the Netherlands, features one of the most impressive private car collections in the world. Several hundred cars are on show to teach you all about car history. The Louwman Museum offers a wide collection that includes everything from antique and classic cars to Formula 1 racing cars and hybrids. Since 1934, two generations of the Louwman family have assembled a unique collection of cars. The present Louwman Museum was designed to display the collection to the public. It was festively opened in 2010. The collection leads you from horse and wagon to the first self-propelled vehicles. It also takes you past the luxury cars from the end of the 19th century, post-war "affordable cars" and the first racing cars. Some of the Louwman Museum's highlights include unique specimens such as the boat-car, the beach-car and the swan-car as well as famous cars such as James Bond's Aston Martin from the film Goldfinger and the customised Cadillac Fleetwood of Elvis Presley.