How did it end up in the exposition then?
Lidia Markovich, a leading researcher at the Museum of the History of Minsk:
Generally speaking, I suppose that this was probably the first showpiece of the Museum of the History of Minsk.
Absolutely, this exhibit item is rare, and generally rare for Belarus.
There are only two showpieces like this in Belarus. The pump is dated back to the early 20th century; it has a workman’s mark on it. The pump has some writing on it, which gives the name of the place where it was made. The pump was produced at the engineering office of Antseliovich in Minsk governorate. This place was located in Gubernatorskaya Street, which is now Lenina Street.
The office specialized on installations of water pipes, baths and artesian wells.
The water pump was found on the territory of the U.S. Embassy in Belarus during some repairing works in 2004. The pump was handed over to the Museum at the initiative of the Embassador.