Image bank: Water squirt, 17th century
Water squirt, 17th century. LFB reference number: 2003/28
A squirt works like a syringe. The person using it would have placed the tapered end into a source of water, and sucked water inside by pulling out the top handle slowly. The water would then be ‘squirted’ out, pushing the water through the cylinder and on to the fire. It was able to pump water quite high, up to the height of a first floor window.
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