The Fire Mark Circle

Fire Mark Circle

Auction Catalogue: 11th October 2008


'N/S'= Lot not sold.

Lot No.Description.
Price Realised.
1. County Fire Office. Copper. W45B/A45B(iii)-C, a good example of this mark with no flattening to Britannia or tearing at nail holes, small stress fracture on shield, some gilding remaining. £30
2. Globe Ins Co. Tin. W38E/A38D(ii)-TI, an excellent example of this tin variant with all colour remaining showing a nice patina with age and no scuffing to the raised parts. £200
3. Norwich Union Fire Ins Soc. Tin. W29G(i)/A29F(i)-TI, a very good example of this tin mark, little surface rusting or fraying at the edges, repainted in original colours. £120
4. Farmers & General Fire & Life Ins. Copper. W92A/A94A-C, a very good example of this rarely seen first variant of the company, some tearing at the nail holes but no flattening to the wheat-sheaf, no original colour. £120
5. Lancashire Ins Co. Copper. W98A/A80A-C, an excellent example of this mark that retains its entire original colouring, no flattening or tearing at the nail holes. £90
6. Norwich Union Fire Ins Soc. Copper. W29F(i)/A29D-C, a very good example of this difficult to find mark still containing its original gilding, although no background colour remains, no flattening to the raised parts, but some slight tearing at the nail holes. £80
7.* Royal Ins Co. Tin, B895/A97H-TI, a good example of this rarely found last issue mark by the company, no fraying at the edges but some surface rusting, no original colour, this is a very difficult to come by variant in any condition. £100
8.* Worcester Fire Office. Lead No. 886. W27B/A27B(i)-L, a very good example of this second variant with the painted number panel, aspects of the mark have been repainted and the panel reinforced at the rear, no top fixing lug. N/S
9. Manchester Fire Ass Co. Copper. W71D/A71B(i)-C/B830, a good example of this mark that is covered in house paint. £50
10. Norwich Union Fire Ins Soc. Copper. W29C/A29C(iii)-C, a very good example of this early variant, no original colour or flattening to the raised parts, slight stress fracture at the top of the panel. £60
11. Norwich Union Fire Ins Soc. Copper. W29L/A29L*R-C, a very good example of this Gaudiano variant, small traces of colouring, no fraying, flattening or tearing at the nail holes, top and bottom tab still intact. £80
12. Guardian Fire and Life Ass Co. Copper. W57B/A57A(iii)-C, a very good example of this mark retaining substantial amounts of gilding and colour, no flattening to Athene. £500
13. Norwich Union Fire Ins Soc. Tin. W29G(i)/A29F(i)-TI, a good example of this tin mark, little surface rusting or fraying at the edges, no original colours. £140
14. Norwich Union Fire Ins Soc. Copper. W29O/A29N(i)B-C, a good example of this variant, traces of colour and gilding, no fraying, flattening or tearing at the nail holes, minor repairs to a small stress fracture. £30
15. Imperial Fire Ins Co. Tin. W40G/A40D(i)-TI, a very good example of this tin variant with all original colour remaining, showing a nice ageing patina. £70
16. Scottish Union Ins Co. Copper. W75A/A75A-C, a very good example of this first issue variant, no original colour remains, and no flattening to the lion, but a small tear to top nail hole, a rarely seen mark. £220
17.* Salop Fire Office. Lead No. 5032. W20A/A20A-L, a very good example of this lead mark issued in 1805, no original colour, no flattening or tearing at the nail holes. N/S
18. Herts and Cambridge Fire Office. Copper. W68A/A68A-C, a very good example of this difficult to come by mark from a company which issued only one mark, little evidence of the company’s business exists so its rarity speaks for itself, no colour but some slight fraying at one edge. £160
19. Queen Ins Co. Tin. W99C/A103C*BL-TI, an excellent example of this tin mark still retaining its original colour and showing a patina of age, some scuffing to the shield. £120
20.* Hand in Hand Fire Office. Lead No. 102780, W2C(i)/A2D(i)-L, an excellent example of this early variant dating from 1820, no original colour or gilding remains, no repairs, flattening or tearing, a nice mark from the second oldest Insurance company. £430
21. Norwich Union Fire Ins Soc. Copper. W29P/A29*N(i)R-C, a good example of this variant, all original colour and gilding, no fraying, flattening or tearing at the nail holes. Norwich Union Fire Ins Soc. Tin W29Q/A29P-TI, a mint copy of this tin variant. (Both marks). £50
22. Scottish Union Ins Co. Tin. W75B/A75B-TI, a very fair example of this second issue variant, no original colour remains, and no flattening to the lion, but some surface rust and fraying at the edges. £30
23.* Royal Exchange Ass. Lead No. 6921. W10C/A10B(i)-L, an excellent example of this very early mark issued in 1726. The mark is complete with no repairs and some gilding in the numbers, it still retains the incurved panel ends, the mark is so rare that the last recorded sale of the variant was at Glendenning’s in the 1930s where two of them sold for 11 guineas each, this one is the earliest recorded number, 6921, of the variant to come up for sale. N/S
24.* Norwich General Ass Co. Copper No. 18442. W28D/A28B-C, an excellent example of this copper mark with the painted number still visible, no flattening or any other defects, a lovely mark from this short lived company. £440
25.* Norwich General Ass Co. Lead No. 3364. W28A/A28A*G-L, an excellent example of this early lead mark, no original colour remains and no flattening or any other defects, a lovely mark from this company. N/S
26. Birmingham Fire Office. Copper. W42C/A42B(ii)-C, a very good example of this variant with no flattening to the figure, fraying or tearing at the nail holes, there is evidence of original colour and gilding beneath a coat of house paint. N/S
27. British Fire Office. Lead. W30C/A30C-L, a lead mark in good condition with no flattening to the lion, no colour evident underneath a layer of house paint. N/S
28.* Westminster Ins Office. Lead No. 53636. W5C(iii)/A5B(iii)-L, a variant in excellent condition showing no physical damage, no original colour and clean nail holes. N/S
29.* Shamrock Ins Co of Ireland. Lead. W76A/A76A-L, a rarely seen mark from this short lived Irish company of 5 years, the mark is in good condition with some fraying at one edge, all nailing lugs are missing, otherwise complete, no colour. £1000
30. Palladium Life and Fire Ass Co. Copper. W72A/A72A-C, a fair example of this single issue mark from a company that issued fire cover for only 5 years, some fatigue cracks and a small piece missing from the bottom of the mark. £80
31. Salamander and Western Ass Soc. Copper. W26B/A26A(ii)-C, the first of the copper variants from this company, in very good condition with some traces of the original gilding, no evidence of the painted number. £200
32.* Royal Irish Ass Co. Copper. W61B/A61B-C, an excellent example of the second mark issued by this short lived company of 4 years after which it passed to the Phoenix, there is still evidence of gilding to the lettering and the Hanoverian coat of arms, it is rare to find such a mark in any state let alone the fine condition of this one, it has been many years since one has been seen at auction. This is the prize of the day. £1000
33.* Kent Ins Co. Copper. W36C/A36C(ii)-C, the second copper variant of this mark from a long established company which at its height maintained eleven fire engines in and around Kent, the mark is in very good condition and still has a considerable amount of its gilding remaining, there is no flattening, tearing or fraying to the edges. £160
34.* Kent Ins Co. Lead. W36A(ii)/A36B-L, the first variant of this mark from a long established company with the policy number or the name 'Kent' being written on the panel, no evidence of this survives although there is some red background colour remaining, there is no flattening, or tearing at the nail holes. £600
35. Royal Ins Co. Copper. W95B/A97B(i)-C, a good example of this variant with no background colour although the gilding remains. Royal Ins Co. Copper. W95D/A97B(ii)-C, an excellent example of this mark with all colour remaining, no defects. (Both marks.) £60
36.* Dublin Ins Co. Lead No. 2791. W21A/A21A-L, an excellent example of the first variant from this company, the mark is in pristine condition with no physical defects, no original colour remains, one of the better examples of this mark in recent years. N/S
37.* Edinburgh Friendly Ins against losses by Fire. Lead No.10910. W7C/A7B(ii)-L, the third variant to be issued by this company and dates from 1770, it is in excellent condition and has no noticeable defects although no colour remains. N/S
38. West of England Fire Ins Co. Copper. W48F/A48F-C, a very good example of the mark from this Exeter company, it is the sixth of seven variants to be issued, it maintained an engine in London and later was part of the London Fire Engine Establishment. £120
39. Norwich Union Fire Ins Soc. Tin. W29E/A29E-TI, a good example of this tin mark, some surface rusting and fraying at the edges, no original colours. a difficult to come by variant. £60
40. Atlas Ins Co. Copper. W50A/A50A(ii)-C, a good example of this single issue mark still retaining some gilding but no background colour, no flattening to the globe although some tearing at the nail holes, a nice mark nonetheless. £60
41.* Suffolk Fire Office. Lead. W37C/A37C(i)-L, an excellent example of this first rectangular mark from a company which produced six variants, three of them lead, no original colour remains although it is in pristine condition. £350
42. Liverpool London and Globe Ins Co. Copper. W105B/A112B-C, a good example of this mark although there is some tearing at the nail holes and fraying at the edges, no original colour. Liverpool London and Globe Ins Co. Tin. B947/A112G(i)-TI, a mint example of this mark issued for overseas and promotional use. (Both marks.) £30
43.* Newcastle Upon Tyne Fire Office. Lead No. 6066. W24B/A24A(ii)-L, an excellent example of this convex variant dating from the end of the 18th cent, the mark is in pristine condition although no original colour remains. N/S
44. Bristol Crown Fire Office. Lead. W6C/A6B(i)-L, unfortunately the upper part of the mark, the Crown, is all that it is left of the original, the letter panel has been cosmetically replaced, it is however in good condition and a nice example to start a collection of lead marks. £60
45. Royal Exchange Ass. Aluminium. B636/A10H(i)-A, a very good example of this later mark that was produced to accommodate the newly opened Agencies overseas. £50
46. Farmers & General Fire & Life Ins. Copper. W92B/A94B-C, a good example of this second variant of the company, some tearing at the nail holes but no flattening to the wheat-sheaf, no original colour. £60
47. Imperial Fire Ins Co. Copper. W40F, a very good example of this copper variant with all original colour remaining, showing a nice ageing patina. N/S
48. Liverpool and London. Copper. W96A/A98A-C, a very good example of the only mark the company issued in its short history, no flattening to the raised parts, or tearing at the nail holes, substantial colour remaining, a nice intact mark. £40
49. Norwich Union Fire Ins Soc. Copper. W29N, a good example of this copper mark, no flattening to the figure or shield, no tearing at the nail holes. £80
50. Manchester Fire Ass Co. Tin. W71E/A71B(ii)-TI, a good example of this mark with little or no surface rusting, no original colour. N/S
51. Legal Ins Co Ltd. Tin. B1013/A172A(ii)-TI, a mark in mint condition retaining all its original colour, no scuffing to the raised parts. £30
52. National Union Fire Office. Tin. B989/A150B-TI, a good example of this late 19th cent mark, still retaining its original colours with some slight scuffing to the raised parts. N/S
53. Royal Ins Co. Copper. W95D/A97D(i)-C, a good example of this variant, no original colour, no flattening or tearing at the nail holes. £40
54. Norwich Union Fire Ins Soc. Tin. W29I/A29I-TI, a poor example of this variant with no colour, some surface rust, fraying at the edges and tearing at the nail holes, no flattening to justice. Norwich Union Fire Ins Soc, Tin. W29Q/A29P-TI, a very good example of this tin mark, the last of 20 variants to be issued by the company in 1920, all original colour with some slight scuffing to the raised parts. (Both marks.) £30
55. Phoenix Ass Co. Copper. W29K/A23E(i)*B-C, a fair example of this copper variant, some original colour, fixing lugs missing and fraying at the edges. £20
56. Norwich Union Fire Ins Soc. Tin. W29J/A29J-TI, a fair example of this tin variant, no colour, no surface rust but some fraying at the edges. Norwich Union Fire Ins Soc. Copper. W29O. Circular part of mark only, no panel, poor. (Both marks.) £10
57. Caledonian Ins Co. Enamelled tinned iron.(similar in design to) W43C/A43A(vi)-E, an excellent example of this late variant produced mainly for overseas use. N/S
58. Manchester Fire Ass Co. Tin. W71E/A71B(i)-TI/B831, a good example of this mark with little or no surface rusting, and some original colour. N/S
59. Sun Fire Office. Tin. B557/A3L(ii)-PI-TI, a fair example of the last of the Sun marks, this tin variant was used mainly for overseas use at the beginning of the 20th cent, some original colour and some slight surface rusting. £50
60. Phoenix Ass Co. Copper. W23G/A23A(v)-C, a fair example of this mark still retaining all its component parts, the spear tip although detached is present, no colour remaining, no tearing at nail holes. £30
61. North British & Mercantile Ins Co Ltd. Tin. B932/A108E(iii)-TI, a poor copy of this tin mark, surface rusting and fraying at the edges, mentioned in Wright but not numbered. Both marks £60

End of Fire Marks.

Lot No.Description.
Price Realised.
62. The British Firemark 1680-1879 by Brian Wright. £50
63. Footprints of Assurance by Alwin Bulau, a regulation copy £20
64. Selection of five Royal Exchange and related company books. N/S
65. Selection of Fire Ephemera and related insurance Policies, to include- Northern Farmers, Agriculturalist Insurance Co, The Somerset Mutual Ass Co X3, Law Fire Ins Soc, together with some receipts and non related insurance ephemera. £30

End of Sale

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