The Fire Mark Circle

Fire Mark Circle

Result of Auction: 11th October 2003


Lot No.Description. Price Realised.
W = Withdrawn
NS = Not Sold
1. HAND in HAND Fire Office. Lead W 2A, pol no 57286. Good, no colour. NS
2. HAND in HAND Fire Office. Lead W 2C (iv), pol no. 103337. Very good, no colour, but gold paint overall. 320
3. SUN Fire Office. Lead W 3B. pol no. 121205. Very good, except for more nail holes than usual. NS
4. SUN Fire Office. Lead W 3C, pol no.674592. Good/ fair, no colour. 50
5. SUN Fire Office. Lead W 3D, pol no. 733862. Good/fair, no colour. 75
6. SUN Fire Office. Copper W3H. Good, near 100% colour 55
7. As last. Fair, no colour. 25
8. SUN Fire Office. Copper B551. Very good, near 100% colour. 50
9. ROYAL EXCHANGE Assurance. Lead W 10K. Good, no colour. 45
10. BATH Fire Office. Lead W 11A ( i ) pol no 7165. Very good, no colour, but traces of gilt. NS
11. BATH Fire Office. Copper W 11C. Very good, no colour. Rarely seen 440
12. BATH SUN Fire Office. Copper W 16B. Good, near 100% original colour. 130
13. As last. Good, Most gilt, but no colour. 90
14. SALOP Fire Office. Lead W 20A, pol no. 5687. Good, no colour. 220
15.* As last. Lead W 20A pol no. 1675. Good, repainted in original colours. NS
16. PHOENIX Ass Co. Copper W 23G, pol no. 104678. Good, but spear tip missing, most colour. 45
17. WORCESTER Fire Office. Lead W 27B.Good, no colour. 300
18. NORWICH UNION Fire Ins Socy. Tinned iron W 29G (ii). Fair, some rust, no colour. A very fair example of a rarely seen mark. 380
19. NORWICH UNION Fire Ins Socy. Tinned iron W 29I. Fair, rusted, no colour. A little better condition than last and also scarce. NS
20. NORWICH UNION Fire Ins Socy. Copper W 29P. Fair, no colour. 55
21. BRISTOL Fire Office. Lead W 12A (i), pol no. 1508. Very good, no colour, but traces of gilding. NS
22. As last. Policy no. 1465. Generally good, but two significant cracks, one below the stern half of the ship, the other vertically through 4 on policy panel. No colour. NS
23. BRITISH Fire Office. Copper W 30C.( Not tinned) Good, much gilt, but no colour. 45
24. BRITISH Fire Office. Copper W 30D. Good, no colour. The rarely seen British & Irish variant. 380
25. BRITISH Fire Office. Copper W 30E. Good, 50% colour. Wright illustrates this variant with the head in profile. In this example a small part of the right side of the face can be seen. 50
26. BRITISH Fire Office. Copper W 30F. Good, no colour, but touches of gilt. NS
27. IMPERIAL Fire Ins Co. Copper W 40A.Very good, no colour, but traces of gilt. 110
28. IMPERIAL Fire Ins Co. Copper W 40C. Good, no colour, but traces of gilding. 45
29. IMPERIAL Fire Ins Co. Tinned iron W 40G. Good, repainted. in original colour. NS
30. BIRMINGHAM Fire Office. Copper W 42C. Very good, 50% colour. NS
31. CALEDONIAN Ins Co. Copper W 43A. Very good, no colour, but traces of gilt. 55
32.* CALEDONIAN Ins Co. Enamel on tinned iron., unlisted. Mint. Design as copper W 43A/B in yellow on dark red/brown. NS
33. COUNTY Fire Office. Copper W 45B. Good, most original colour. 55
34.* EAGLE Ins Co. Copper W 46A. Slight damage to lower corners of label, but otherwise good. No colour, but some gilding. 320
35. PALLADIUM Life & Fire Ins Co. Copper W 72A. Very good, most gilt, but no colour. 240
36. As last. Good, some gilding, but no colour. 90
37. As last. Good, some gilding, but no colour. 120
38.* As last. Very good, repainted in original colours plus some accidental spots of gold. 70
39. As last. Good, except lower corner with letter P is missing. Most gilt, but no colour. 20
40. SCOTTISH UNION Ins Co. Copper W 75D. Good, 90% colour. 20
41. WEST of ENGLAND Fire Ins Co. Tinned iron W 48D. Very good, repainted. 150
42. LEEDS & Yorkshire Fire & Life Ins Co. Copper W 70A.Generally very good, but end of label detached and secured by tape.No colour. Another we see rarely. 540
43. YORKSHIRE Fire & Life Ins Co. Copper W 77B. Good, 80% colour. 60
44. FARMERS & General Fire & Life Ins Co. Copper W 92B. Fair, most colour. 40
45.* STAR Life & Fire Ass Soc. Copper W 94A. Good, small touches of gilt & colour. 380
46. STAR Life & Fire Ass Soc. Copper W 94B. Very good, some gilt and a little colour. 240
47. As last. Good, no colour, but some gilding. 160
48. LIVERPOOL & LONDON Fire & Life Ins Co. Copper W 96A. Fair/good, background colour only. Mounted on a board. 40
49. LONDON & LANCASHIRE Fire Ins Co. Tinned iron W 101E. Very good, no colour, but varnished. 200
50. NORTH BRITISH & Mercantile Ins Co. Copper W 102A. Good. Gilt lettering & background colour remain and a very little colour on the badge. Rarely seen. 120
51. LIVERPOOL & LONDON & GLOBE Ins Co. Copper W 105A. Very good, background red about 50% missing, otherwise most colour. Not often seen. 55
52. EQUITABLE Fire Ins Co. Copper W 110C. Fair/good, traces of gilt only. 25
53.* LIVERPOOL VICTORIA Ins Corp. Tinned iron. Not listed, but see Wright p383. Head of Q. Victoria in white metal on red. White metal lettering on black ground. W
54. ATLAS Ass Co. Tinned iron B780.Good, colour on figure only. 65
55. EMPLOYERS' LIABILITY Ass Corp. Tinned iron B 965. Good, with small amount of surface rusting. 10% colour. 50
56. PROPERTY Ins Co. Tinned iron B 998. Good, all colour, but a bit faded. 90
57. LEGAL Ins Co. Tinned iron B 1013. Near mint. 40
58. Co. de BRUXELLES etc. (Belgium) Tinned iron B1079. Very good, 100% colour. 70
59. L'UNION Co. d'Ass. (France) Tinned iron as B1264, but without outer red border. Very good, most colour. 35
60. L'AIGLE Co Anon. (France) Copper B1286, Good/fair, solder & 'Araldite' repairs to splits show on reverse only. No colour, but some gilt. 30
61. SYDNEY Fire Ins Co. (Aus) Copper B 1571. Very good, 100% colour. 160
62. VICTORIA Ins Co. Copper B 1756. Very good, 75% colour. 70
63.* BARBADOS Fire & Gen Ins Co. Copper unlisted. Good, near 100% colour. See photo for design. NS
64. TALU (Estonia) Enamel on tinned iron unlisted. Modern mark, triangular with central design of three stems of barley in fan shape with 'TALU' under all in yellow on blue. Outer band inscribed ' UHISTEGILINE KINNITUSELTS KINNITATUD' in blue on yellow, but not necessarily in that order. 20
65. STAR Life & Fire Ass Soc. W94A & W94B (Two items). Modern reproductions by Wakerley Perkins. 10
66. PALLADIUM & STAR Life & Fire Ins Socs W 72A & 94B ( Two items). Modern reproductions by Wakerley Perkins. 15
67. Co de BRUXELLES B1079. Modern reproduction by Wakerley Perkins. 5
68. BARBADOS Fire & Gen Ins Co. Unlisted. Modern reproduction by Wakerley Perkins. 5
69. As last. Modern reproduction by Wakerley Perkins. 5
70. ROYAL Ins Co. Agency wall plate, approx 18"x30", from USA ca 1920s. Inscribed 'Western Dept. Chicago Ill. 40
71. KYLFYRE Cylindrical brass fire extinguisher, approx 16" long x 3" diameter. 10
72. 16" wooden TRUNCHEON with inscription of VR and Crown. 15
73. 16" wooden TRUNCHEON, British, but not marked. 10
74. 16" wooden TRUNCHEON, by Madden Corpn of Mt. Vernon, USA. 15
75. BOOK 'Footprints of Assurance' by Bulau. Copy no 243 of a limited edition of 500, signed by Bulau and Smith ( to whom th book is dedicated). Boxed, in excellent order. 65
76. BOOK 'Footprints of Assurance' by Bulau. A regulation copy. 35
77. BOOKS (2). 1 -'Badges of Extinction' by Henham & Sharp (1989)( The book on insurance brigade insignia). 2 - Fire Insurance Company Buttons (1985) by Fergus Bain & Brian Wright. 10
78. BOOK. 'Fire Marks & Insurance Office Fire Brigades' by Bertram Williams (1927). 35
79. BOOKS (2). 1 - 'Phoenix Renascent' by George Hurren (1973) 2- 'Things Phoenix' by K B Croker (post 1982). 3
80. BOOKS (2). 1 - 'Fire is their enemy' by Charles Roetter (1962) About fire-fighting through the ages. 2 - Fire Brigades (UK) their Constitution Rights and Responsibilities by H Orton Smith (1929). 6
81. BOOKLETS (2). 1 - 'American Fire Marks' - describes the ICNA collection. 2 - A checklist for the firemarks of The United Ins Co of Philadelphia 1860- 1956. 2
82. Royal Exchange Assurance. Agency plate with 2 Royal Exchange Assurance W10k marks mounted on a board. 65
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