The Fire Mark Circle

Fire Mark Circle

Auction Catalogue: 16th April 2008


Lot No.Description.
Price Realised
1. Northern Ass Co, Tin W88A(tin variant)/A90A(vii)-TI no original colour, mark in good condition, no surface rust, issued for overseas use. £20
2. Atlas Ins Co, Copper W50A/A50A(v)-C, a very good example of this mark still retaining 95% of its colour, no flattening to the globe, minor scuffing to the raised parts. £45
3. Farmers & General Fire & Life Ins, Zinc W92B/A94B-Z, a fair example of this mark considering its material, no original colour and no flattening to the wheat sheaf, several small stress fractures. £35
4. Commercial Union Ass, Tin W100A/A105A(ii)GN-TI, a good example of this tin mark with some green colour still remaining on the dragon and small patches of gilding, no surface rust. £50
5.* Salop Fire Office, Copper W20B/A20BL-C, a good example of this mark that has been repainted in its original blue and gold, no flattening to the leopardsí heads, although minor stress fractures are visible on their mouths. £40
6. Royal Ins Co, Copper W85D/A97B(ii)-C, a mark in mint condition, with 100% colour and no scuffing to the raised parts, rarely seen in this condition. £50
7. London Ass, Tin W9I/A9H(iii)-TI, two examples of this later variant, one repainted in original colours, the other a similar variant with the ends of the panel missing, letters A and 0, minor surface rusting, both have been on a building. £40
8. Royal Exchange Ass, Lead W10K/A10E-L, a nice example of this variant, no original colour and several small stress fractures on the crown. £30
9.* Norwich Union Ass Co, Copper W29L/A29L-C, the Gaudiano mark was issued in 1860 and was designed by the then agency inspector; it is in very good condition with some original paint and gilding remaining, no flattening or fraying at the edges, bottom and top finials partly missing. £100
10. Royal Exchange Ass, Lead Policy No. 120443 W10F/A10B(vii)-L, a very good example of this variant, no original colour, no flattening to the Exchange or tearing at the nail holes, crown complete. £110
11. Phoenix Ass Co, Copper W23G/23A(v)C, a fair example of this later variant, no original colour, no flattening to the Phoenix, part of panel and spear tip missing. £20
12. Royal Exchange Ass, Aluminium B636/A10H(i)-A, a very good example of this early promotional mark for overseas use, the first of the aluminium variants to be issued at the beginning of the 1900s. £40
13.* British Fire Office, Tinned Copper W30C/A30C-TC, a very good example of this rarely found variant, 70% of the original colour remaining, no flattening to the lion or shield, a nice mark in this condition. £50
14. Royal Exchange Ass, Lead Policy No. 105051 W10F/A10B(vii)-L, a very good example of this variant, no original colour, no flattening to the Exchange or tearing at the nail holes, crown complete. £70
15. Yorkshire Ins Co, Copper W77B/A77B(i)-C, a good example of the variant issued in 1850 with 90% colour and gilding present although dulled with age, no flattening to Minster or tearing at nail holes. £50
16. Commercial Union Ass, Tin W100A/A105A(ii)GN-TI, a good example of this tin mark that has been repainted in its original colours. £50
17. Atlas Ins Co, Copper W50A/A50A(v)-C, a very good example of this mark still retaining 80% of its colour, no flattening to the globe, minor scuffing to the raised parts. £70
18.* Aylsham New Association, Brass B788, whilst not strictly a firemark this association was formed in1825 in Norfolk and issued marks to local farmers who belonged to their Assoc, it was primarily insurance against livestock theft, mainly horses and to bring the felons to justice. This is a large mark 11ins in dia and has been repainted in possibly the original colours; the mark is in excellent condition and rarely come to light, especially in this condition. £420
19. Royal Exchange Ass, Lead Policy No183293 W10J/A10C(i)-L, a very good example of this variant, no original colour, no flattening to the Exchange or tearing at the nail holes. £35
20.* King Ins Co, Tin B999/A160A-TI, a very good example of this early 20th cent mark still retaining its original lithographed colours, some small paint loss at the bottom edge but does not detract from the overall appearance. £80
21.* Wiltshire and Western Ass Co, Lead Policy No. 758 W26A/A26A(ii)-L, an excellent example of this early mark dating from the late 1700, no original colour remains but some flecks of gilding are evident on the number panel, no cracks, tearing at nail holes, altogether a very nice example of this hard to find variant. £1500
22. Royal Exchange Ass, Lead Policy No. 204057 W10J/A10C(i)-L, a poor example of this variant, no original colour, some flattening to the Exchange and tearing at the panel. £25
23. London Ass, Copper W9I/A9H(i)-C, a good example of this copper variant faithfully repainted in the original colours, no flattening to Britannia but tearing at the fixing lugs. £30
24. London Ass, Lead Policy No. 8635 W9D/A9D-L, an excellent example of this rarely seen mark dating from Feb 17th 1727, traces of gilding and red paint are evident and only one nail hole is present. A definite must have for the serious collector. £1800
25. Caledonian Ins Co, Copper W43A/A43A(i)-C, a good opportunity to acquire the first variant from this early 19th cent company. The mark is in very good condition although no original colour remains, no flattening to the thistle or fraying at the edges, small portion of scroll tail missing. £70
26. Atlas Ass Co, Tin B782/A50B(iv)-TI, a mark in mint condition issued for promotional and overseas use. £50
27.* Scottish Ins Co Ltd, Tin A127B-TI, a very good example of this never seen before mark, one of two variants from a company formed in Edinburgh in 1877 and continued trading until 1963. The mark is 10 ins in dia with a white background, a gold lion and anchor raised in the centre surrounded by the lettering. The mark still retains 90% of its colour although some scuffing is evident on the raised parts, a must for any collector. £240
28. Birmingham Fire Office, Copper W42C/A42B(ii)-C, a fair example of this variant, no original colour and some flattening to the pump and fireman, some tearing at the edges and crinkling to the copper. £55
29.* Bristol Crown Fire Office, Lead W6C/A6B(ii)-L, a very good example of this variant dating from the mid 18 th cent, most of the original colour on the crown is present as is the gilding on the panel although somewhat dulled, the panel has been skilfully reattached with lead solder. £1300
30.* Hand in Hand, Lead Policy No. 76852 W2A/A2A-L, this mark dates from 1754 and is in exceptional condition for its age although no colour or gilding remains, there is no tearing at the three nail holes, the crown has been reinforced at the back where it meets the hands, an excellent example. £240
31. Royal Exchange Ass, Lead W10K/A10E-L, a nice example of this variant, no original colour and several small stress fractures on the crown. £20
32. Guardian Ass Co, Copper W57B/A57A(iv)-C, a poor example of this mark with no original colour, some flattening to Athena and slight tearing at the edges. £20
33. Notts and Derby Fire and Life Ass Co, Copper W87E/A88E(i)-C, a fair example of this variant with no original colour and the lower portion of the garter missing. Also, Liverpool & London & Globe, Copper W105B/A112B-C, a poor example of this mark, with fatigue cracks and some parts of the lettering missing. £30
34.* West of Scotland Ins Co, Lead W62A/A62A-L/B975, the company was formed in 1823 in Glasgow and 1838 it was taken over by the Metellus fire ins co which lasted six months and transferred the business to the Phoenix. In their 15 year history they produced two lead variants of their mark, this being the first. The mark is in very good condition with no flattening to the crown, although some tearing at the nail holes is evident, no original colour. Not Sold
35.* Hand in Hand, Lead Policy No 100566 W2Ci/A2D(i)-L, this mark dates from 1818 and is in exceptional condition for its age although no colour or gilding remains, there is no tearing at the nail holes or any fatigue cracks, small crack at top of crown, an excellent example. Not Sold
36. Bath Sun Fire Office, Copper W16B/A16B-C, a good example of this mark, no original colour, no flattening to the sun but some tearing at one nail hole. £50
37.* Newcastle Upon Tyne Fire Office, Lead Policy No. 2697 W24B/A24A(iv)-L, a perfect example of this mark although lacking its original colour, no flattening to the castles or tearing at the nail holes. £850
38. Phoenix Ass Co, Copper W23J(i)/A23D(iii)-C, a good repainted example of this variant with the spear tip re fixed, no flattening, fraying or tearing at the nail holes. £50
39. British Fire Office, Copper W30F/A30E(v)-C, a good example of this variant, no original colour remaining, no flattening to the lion or shield, a nice mark in this condition. £40
40. Central Ins Co, Tin B1002/A157A(ii)-TI, a good example of this late 19th cent tin mark from a short lived company 1899-1907, no colour remaining and there is evidence of it being on a building. £60
41. Protector Fire Ins Co, Copper W80A/A81A-C, a good example of this highly illustrated mark, over painted with black house paint, no flattening or tearing at the edges but the P on the panel has been cosmetically replaced. £55
42. Imperial Fire Ins Co, Tin W40G/A40D(i)-TI, repainted in original colours and in fair condition, mounted on board, part of LHS missing. £25
43. Royal Exchange Ass, Lead Policy No. 154564 W10F/A10B(vii)-L, a fair example of this variant, no original colour, no flattening to the Exchange or tearing at the nail holes, crown missing. £20
44. Notts and Derby Fire and Life Ass Co, Copper W87E/A88E(i)-C, a good example of this variant with no original colour and the garter reattached. £55
45. Royal Exchange Ass, Lead Policy No. 45904 W10D/A10B(iv)-L, an excellent example of this early variant dating from 1760, no original colour, nice flat Exchange no tearing or stress fractures, a lovely mark of this early period. £95
46. Commercial Union Ass, Tin W100A/A105A(ii)GN-TI, a good example of this tin mark that has been repainted in its original colours. £30
47. London Ass, Tin W9I/A9H(iii)-T, a good example of this later tin variant in the original colours, no flattening to Britannia, issued 1918 for overseas use. £35
48. Caledonian Ass Co, an aluminium reproduction of W43A. Also Liverpool & London & Globe, Tin B947/A112G(ii)-TI, a mint example of this early 20th cent variant used for overseas promotion. £15
49. Phoenix Ass Co, Copper W23G/23A(v)C, a good example of this later variant, has been repainted in original colour and numbered 10762, no flattening to the Phoenix or tearing at edges, spear tip has been cosmetically replaced. £45
50. Norwich Union Fire Ins Soc, Tin W29I/A29I-TI, a rare variant from this company in poor condition due to the nature of the material, no colour, heavy surface rusting and fraying at edges and middle. £35

End of Fire Marks.

Lot No.Description.
Price Realised
51. Selection of five Royal Exchange and related company books. £15
52. Selection of five fire insurance company books. £15
53. Selection of five fire insurance company books. £15
54. Footprints of Assurance by Alwin Bulau, a regulation copy. £25
55. The British Fire Mark 1680-1879 by Brian Wright. £30
56. Selection of policies and related fire insurance ephemera. £45

End of Sale

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