Item 2015.001.01 - Fire Hose Reel

Open original Digital object

Title and statement of responsibility area

Title proper

Fire Hose Reel

General material designation

  • Object

Parallel title

Other title information

Title statements of responsibility

Title notes

Level of description


Reference code

CA LGIC OBJ-2015.001.01

Edition area

Edition statement

Edition statement of responsibility

Class of material specific details area

Statement of scale (cartographic)

Statement of projection (cartographic)

Statement of coordinates (cartographic)

Statement of scale (architectural)

Issuing jurisdiction and denomination (philatelic)

Dates of creation area


  • c. 1918 (Creation)
    Montgomery, Beauchamp Henry
    Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Physical description area

Physical description

2015.001.01a: Fire Reel
2015.001.01b: Fire Reel Hose Head
2015.001.01c: Fire Reel Bracket

Publisher's series area

Title proper of publisher's series

Parallel titles of publisher's series

Other title information of publisher's series

Statement of responsibility relating to publisher's series

Numbering within publisher's series

Note on publisher's series

Archival description area

Name of creator

Biographical history

Custodial history

Scope and content

Metal fire hose reel composed on two spider reels connected via metal bars and spindle trunnion. A pipe is attached to the trunnion where a water hose can be attached. A series of pipe elbows are connected to the trunnion pipe leading to an attached water valve. The exterior of the outward-facing reel spider is painted red and displays an inscription about the item’s patent, inventor, and place of origin.

Notes area

Physical condition

Immediate source of acquisition


Language of material

Script of material

Language and script note

Mark / Inscription text:
(1) PATENT PENDING PAT AUG. 8 1916 & JAN. 1 1918

Mark / Inscription type: Manufacturer information      

Mark / Inscription description: Lettering follows the circular shape of the reel “spider” with some words displaying upside down or sideways depending on its angle. The inscription is found on both reel spiders: one outward facing-spider painted red and one unpainted wall-facing spider.

Mark / Inscription technique: Raised lettering      

Mark / Inscription position:
(1) outer ring of reel spider
(2) middle ring of reel spider
(3) innermost ring of reel spider

Mark / Inscription language: English     

Mark / Inscription translation: N/A  

Location of originals

Availability of other formats

Restrictions on access

Terms governing use, reproduction, and publication

Finding aids

Associated materials

Related materials


Accompanying material

This fire hose reel was collected in 2015 during renovations of the G Building at the Humber College Lakeshore Campus, the former Administration Building of the Lakeshore Psychiatric Hospital.

The hose reel is spring-loaded and was patented by Beauchamp Henry Montgomery, a resident of the Roncesvalles neighbourhood of Toronto (125 Garden Avenue). Along with colleagues, he generated several fire reel patents in Canada, the US, and the UK between 1909 and 1929. Montgomery claimed that this particular design was more aesthetically pleasing, compact, and cheaper to construct than other models. Other innovations he associated with his reel were the fact that it allowed the hose to spray even when it was rolled up, and that its pivoted joints allowed it to swivel out of its box with greater freedom of motion than other designs.

One of the stated advantages of the hospital’s cottage-style system was that the separate buildings would reduce the risk of a major fire, a concern that was realized at the Longue Point Lunatic Asylum in Quebec in 1890 when a large fire tragically killed many patients and staff. Despite the safer cottage-style building layout at the Mimico Asylum (Lakeshore Psychiatric Hospital), the threat of fire remained a constant source of anxiety since many patients and staff lived on the grounds. In 1914, standpipes were added to cottages and the Administration and Assembly Hall buildings, connecting to an existing fire hydrant system. Between 1919 and 1920, patients at the Hospital built a Fire Hose Tower and Fire Hall with the assistance of Capitan Crawford, Inspector of the Fire Department. Today the old Fire Hall is home to Campus Security and a Tim Hortons.

The spectre of fire lingered over the hospital to its final days. While it was considered a pretense by some, the Ontario Minister of Health Dennis Timbrell’s claim that the Hospital was a firetrap was one of the reasons given for its closure in 1979.

Alternative identifier(s)

Standard number area

Standard number

Access points

Subject access points

Place access points

Name access points

Genre access points

Control area

Description record identifier

Institution identifier

Rules or conventions


Level of detail

Dates of creation, revision and deletion

Language of description

Script of description


Digital object (Master) rights area

Digital object (Reference) rights area

Digital object (Thumbnail) rights area

Accession area

Related subjects

Related people and organizations

Related places

Related genres