Fire bucket, about 1830
The first national hero, George Washington became a powerful and popular icon of American identity. The Latin slogan on this fire bucketVeni, vidi, vici (I came, I saw, I conquered)evokes the Roman leader Julius Caesar, with whom Washington was often compared. Lacking a lengthy history of their own, early Americans often used classical symbols to represent the new nation and its political ideals. The Smithsonian added this fire bucket to its American folk art collection in 1955.
Flags, Folk Art, Presidential Memorabilia