The Fire Mark Circle

Fire Mark Circle

Results of Auction: Wednesday 17th April 2002


Lot No.Description. Price Realised.
W = Withdrawn
NS = Not Sold
1.* HAND-in-HAND Fire Office. Lead W2A, pol no 63612. Fair/good, no colour. Split between crown and hands has left the two nearly separated & the cross of the crown is missing. 180
2. SUN Fire Office. Lead W 3B, pol no.137105. Good, no colour. 110
3. SUN Fire Office. Lead W 3B, pol no. 181911. Good/fair, green house paint. 60
4. SUN Fire Office. Lead W 3B, pol no. 394500. Good/fair, no colour. 55
5. SUN Fire Office. Tinned iron W 3F. Good, most gilding & faded colour. 50
6. SUN Fire Office. Copper W 3H. Good, no colour. 40
7. SUN Fire Office. Copper W 3H. Fair, lugs part missing, split & creases, but not a poor example. Much gilding, no colour. 20
8. SUN Fire Office. Copper W 3 I. Good, 90% colour. 70
9. SUN Fire Office. Tinned iron B551. Very good, 90% colour. 65
10. SUN Fire Office. Modern cast iron reproduction issued by the office with certain household policies. Full colour with company foundation date on policy panel. 17.50
11. ROYAL EXCHANGE Assurance. Lead W 10J, policy no.169139. Good, no colour, but largely oversprayed with gold paint. 25
12. ROYAL EXCHANGE Assurance. As last, pol no 172476. Good, no colour. W
13. ROYAL EXCHANGE Assurance. Lead W 10K. Good, 50% colour. 50
14. ROYAL EXCHANGE Assurance. Tinned iron B633. Very good, 80% colour. 110
15. SALOP Fire Office. Lead W 20A, policy no. 12423. Good, no colour. Would be very good, except for rather more nail holes than usual. 230
16. SALOP Fire Office. Copper W 20C. Fair/good, no colour, but some gold overspray. 80
17. SHROPSHIRE & N. WALES Ass Co. W 89B. Good/fair, no colour. Some splitting, but less than is often the case with this mark. 95
18.* PHOENIX Ass Co. Lead W 23A, pol no. 14161. Very good, no colour. 470
19. PHOENIX Ass Co. Tinned iron W 23H, pol no 457926. Fair/good, no colour. W
20. PHOENIX Ass Co. Copper W 23J(i). Fair/good, some original gilt, but label oversprayed with gold paint. 50
21. PHOENIX Ass Co. Tinned copper W 23K. Fair/good, repainted & lugs missing. 45
22. PHOENIX Ass Co. Tinned iron B687. Good, most colour with rust and some over-painting at edges. 40
23. PHOENIX Ass Co. Modern reproduction of first known mark of this company, pol no 53, mounted on GRP board with explanatory label. 20
24. LONDON Assurance. Tinned iron W 9I. Good, 5% colour, some gilt. W
25. NEWCASTLE-upon-TYNE Fire Office. Lead W 24B, pol no 1717. Very good, no colour. 410
26.* As last, pol no 6606. Small break between nailing hole and outer edge, top centre. NS
27. GLOBE Ins Co. Tinned copper W 38A, pol no 9274. Fair, most gilding and a little colour. A few extensive splits make this mark a little fragile. 60
28. IMPERIAL Fire Ins Co. Copper W 40C. Good, no colour. 45
29. BIRMINGHAM Fire Office. Tinned iron W 42B. Very good, no colour. W
30. BIRMINGHAM Fire Office. Copper W 42C. Good, no colour. 85
31. BIRMINGHAM Fire Office. Copper W 42C. Poor/fair. Largely oversprayed with gold paint and mounted on board. 40
32. DISTRICT Fire Office. Copper W 83B. Good, no colour, small repair. Largely oversprayed with gold paint. 70
33. NEW BRISTOL Fire Office. Copper W 12C. Good, no colour, small parts of scrolls missing. Partial shadow of painted policy number. 180
34. BATH SUN Fire Office. Copper W 16B. Very good, traces of original gilding, but also partly oversprayed with gold paint. 65
35.* BRISTOL CROWN Fire Office. Lead W 6A(i), pol no 6728. Very good, traces of original gilding & colour. NS
36. CALEDONIAN Ins Co. Copper W 43A. Very good, no colour, but most gilding. W
37. CALEDONIAN Ins Co. As last, but no colour. W
38. CALEDONIAN Ins Co. Cast aluminium? Modern reproduction. 5
39.* WESTMINSTER Fire Office. Lead W 5B, pol no 33787. Very good, no colour. 480
40. WESTMINSTER Fire Office. Lead W 5C(iii), pol no 53252. Very good, most gilding remains, but no other colour. 330
41. WESTMINSTER Fire Office. Copper W 5D. Fair, no colour. Spoiled by being used, apparently, for .22 target practice. Some original gilt, but also some gold overspray. 25
42. COUNTY Fire Office. Copper W 45B. Good, 70% colour. 50
43. WEST of ENGLAND Fire Ins Co. Copper W 48A, partial shadow of policy number visible. Good/fair, some colour & gilding, minor splits and creases. 120
44. WEST of ENGLAND Fire Ins Co. Copper W 48C, Fair/good, much original gilt, but also gold overspray. 60
45. ATLAS Ass Co. Copper W 50A. Good, no colour, but largely oversprayed with gold. 50
46. As last, black house paint with glimpses of gilt beneath. 60
47. NORWICH GENERAL Ass Co. Lead W 28A, pol no 3420. Very good, traces of gilding over most of the mark. 460
48. NORWICH GENERAL Ass Co. Lead W 28A, pol no 6604. Good/fair, no colour. Small part of policy panel missing, small area of cracking lower part of badge and into 'NORWICH'. NS
49.* NORWICH UNION Fire Ins Socy. Lead W 29A. Very good, no colour, but evidence of house paint, largely removed. NS
50. NORWICH UNION Fire Ins Socy. Copper W 29P. Good, some original gilt otherwise partly oversprayed with gold paint. 35
51. MANCHESTER Fire & Life Ass Co. Copper W 71A. Good, 90% colour. 150
52. YORKSHIRE Fire & Life Ins Co. Copper W 77B. Good, no colour, but largely oversprayed with gold paint. 75
53. YORKSHIRE Fire & Life Ins Co. Tinned iron B 858. Good, 100% colour. 65
54. As last, but slightly darker colouring. 45
55. Withdrawn. W
56. BEACON Fire Ins Co. Copper W 56B. Good, some gilding, but no colour. 100
57. GUARDIAN Fire & Life Ass Co. Copper W 57A. Good, repainted. W
58. GUARDIAN Fire & Life Ass Co. Copper W 57B. Fair/good, some original gilding, but partly oversprayed with gold paint. 25
59. GUARDIAN Fire & Life Ass Co. Tinned iron B797. Near mint, some wear to paint. 65
60. As last, not seen, paint may be less worn. 50
61. NORTH BRITISH Ins Co. Tinned iron W 53A. Poor/fair, no colour, but partly oversprayed with gold paint and mounted on board. Surface rusting overall. 50
62. NORTH BRITISH & MERCANTILE Ins Co. Tinned iron B932. Good, 99% intact, but surface rusting overall and no colour. 60
63. Ins Co of SCOTLAND. Copper W 58A. Very good, 4% colour. W
64.* KENT Ins Co. Lead W 36A(iv). Very good, no colour. Shadow of 'KENT' visible. 500
65. KENT Ins Co. Lead W 36A(iv). Not genuine, obverse looks quite good , but reverse is less convincing and the mark weighs approx 50% more than the real thing. 30
66. PROTECTOR Fire Ins Co. Copper W 80B. Good with minor repairs, no colour and largely oversprayed with gold paint. 65
67. NORTHERN Ass Co. Copper W 88A. Good, no colour. 40
68. FARMERS & GENERAL Fire & Life Ins. Copper W 92A. Good, small areas top centre and left of label missing. 100% colour. 160
69. FARMERS & GENERAL Fire & Life Ins. Copper W 92B. Good/fair, no colour, but largely oversprayed with gold paint. 30
70.* STAR Life & Fire Ass Socy. Copper W 94A. Good, slight damage at centre, most original gilding and some traces of colour. 380
71. ROYAL Ins Co. Copper W 95B. Good, no colour and largely oversprayed with gold paint. 20
72. As last. Good, repainted. W
73. Exactly as last. 35
74. ROYAL Ins Co. Copper W 95E. Good, except part of crown missing. Some evidence of colour under house paint. 40
75. BRITANNIA Fire Ass. Copper W 108A. Good/fair, no colour, traces of gilt. 180
76. EQUITABLE Fire Ins Co. Copper W 110C. Good, no colour, but a little gilding. 80
77. LONDON & LANCASHIRE Fire Ins Co. Copper W 101D. Good, no colour. 100
78. LIVERPOOL & LONDON & GLOBE Ins Co. Copper W 105B. Good, no colour, but partly oversprayed with gold paint. 30
79. As last. Fair/good, 60% colour, a lot of minor creasing. 65
80. ETNA Fire Ins Co. Tinned iron W 107A. Fair/poor, no colour, but the gilding of 'ETNA' remains visible. 45
81. ALLIANCE Ass Co. Copper B 819. Good, near 100% colour. 120
82. UNION Fire Office. Tinned iron B 569. Good, 70% colour. 120
83. STATE Ass Co. Tinned iron B 983. Near mint, but slightly worn. 120
84. KING Ins Co. Tinned iron B 999. Good, 95% colour. 90
85. PROVINCIAL Ins Co. Tinned iron B 1004. Good, 80% colour. 130
86. CENTRAL Ins Co. Tinned iron B 1002. Near mint, minor wear. 95
87. CORNHILL Ins Co. Tinned iron B 1007. Good/fair, no colour. Surface rusting overall. 120
88. A mixed lot including a 1977 calendar with fire mark and appliance motifs, a booklet concerning the Devizes Mutual Insurance Society by Nugent Linaker, 'The Early Days of the Sun Fire Office' by Edward Baumer & 'The London Assurance Fire Marks' by Bernard Drew'. 30
End of Sale

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