The Fire Mark Circle

Fire Mark Circle

Auction Catalogue: October 2019


This auction was held on 5th October 2019
at the Fire Mark Circle Autumn Meeting in Suffolk.

For the avoidance of doubt, only lot numbers marks with a '*' are illustrated.

Lot No.Description.
Price Realised.
Photo.
1.

Sun Fire Office. Lead W3C. Policy No. 577227, issued in 1792, a poor example of this variant, surface damage to flattened face, stress fractures, damage at nail holes. PLUS Royal Exchange Assurance. Lead. W10K. A fair example of the last lead mark issued by the company in 1810, no surface damage but lacking the crown.

£40
2.*
Commercial Union Assurance. Tin, W100A. An excellent example of this single issue company mark, all original colour, slight surface scuffing to the raised parts.
£60
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3.

Sun Fire Office. Lead. W3C. Policy No. 555722, issued in 1788, a fair example of this variant, some surface damage, stress fractures to suns rays, damage at nail holes.

£60
4.

Royal Exchange Assurance. Lead. W10K. 2 fair examples of the last lead mark issued by the company in 1810, no surface damage but both lacking their crowns.

£35
5.

Yorkshire Fire & Life Insurance Co. Copper. W77B. A good example of this second variant, some red background colour in the recessed parts, slight damage to top nail hole.

£30
6.*

Hand in Hand Fire Office. Lead. Policy No 88521. W2A. A very good example of this early variant dated from the 1770s, most original gilding remaining, no surface damage, RHS Fleur de Lys missing and some damage at the bottom nail holes. PLUS A good example of a reproduction Union Fire Office, Lead. W4A. Policy No 9435, no surface damage, slight stress fracture at bottom hand.

£200
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7.*

Hope Fire & Life Assurance Co. Copper. W47A. An excellent example of this rare and interesting first variant from a company that only did FIRE business for 19 years (1807-26), yet managed to issue another five tin marks, no original background colour remains but some gilding is evident in the recessed parts, the mark is undamaged and a must for the serious collector, the mark is illustrated in Wright.

£220
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8.*

Motor Union Insurance Co Ltd. Tin. B1010. An excellent example of the first of two lithographed variants issued by this short lived early 20th cent company (1906-1927), all original colour and no surface damage.

£220
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9.*

Motor Union Insurance Co Ltd. Tin. B1011. An excellent example of the second of two lithographed variants issued by this short lived early 20th cent company (1906-1927), all original colour and no surface damage.

£240
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10.

Sun Fire Office. Copper. W3H. A good example of the first copper mark issued by the Sun dating from 1839 using the modified die of the Bath Sun that they took over a year earlier, some background blue colour and gilding remain. PLUS. Sun Fire Office. Copper. B551. An excellent example of this promotional mark issued in 1910 to commemorate their bicentenary, no flattening, some slight rubbing to the suns face.

£70
11.

Replica of the Union Fire Office watermans badge Union No 1 in copper. B573. PLUS a good copper reproduction of the Notts and Derby B87E

£30
12.*

Norwich Union Fire Insurance Soc. Copper. W29L. A very good example of the Gaudiano variant issued in 1850, some original colour and gilding, no flattening or surface damage, small repair to tip of top finial . PLUS. A CII full colour resin reproduction of a Norwich Union W29P.

£80
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13.*

Manchester Fire & Life Assurance Co. Copper. W71A. A very good example of the second of six variants issued by the company, some background colour and copious gilding, no flattening to the shield or other surface damage.

£50
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14.

National Fire Office. Tin. B989. A very good example of this late 19th century mark still retaining its original colour, some slight scuffing to the raised parts.

£25
15.

Farmers & General Fire & Life Insurance Inst. Copper. W92B. A good example of this second of two variants from a company specialising in Agriculture risks, some original background colour and gilding of the wheatsheaf, some minor stress fractures and fraying at the edges.

£30
16.

Copper. W95B. A very good example of this variant, some original colour, no surface damage. PLUS. County Fire Office. Copper. W45B. A good example of this common mark, no original colour or flattening to Britannia.

£40
17.

Shropshire & North Wales Assurance Soc. Brass. W89B. A good example of this mark, no original colour, some minor stress fractures on the edges.

£55
18.

Union Fire Office. Copper. W4E. A good example of this fourth variant, issued in 1835, no original colour, some gilding on the hands and panel, minor stress splits on panel.

£40
19.

Phoenix Assurance Co. Copper. W23G. A good example of this copper variant, no original colour or evidence of the painted policy number, tip of spear missing.

£30
20.

Guardian Fire & Life Assurance Co. Copper. W57B. A good example of this second variant, no original colour, no surface damage or flattening to Athene. PLUS. another Guardian. Tin. B797. An excellent example of this later issue tin variant, primarily for promotional and overseas business.

£30
21.

The London Assurance. Tin. W9I. An excellent example of this later issue mark primarily for promotional and overseas business. PLUS . L'Union. Tin. B1264. An excellent copy of this unissued French mark primarily for promotional use.

£40
22.*

The Liverpool & London & Globe Insurance C0. Copper. W105B. A very good example of the second of the two marks issued by the company, full original colour and gilding, several repaired unseen stress marks on the rim.

£35
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23.

Brandenburg. Enamel. B1336. A good copy of this early German mark, some rusting at the edges. PLUS. Anhaltische Landesbrandkasse. Enamel. Not in Bulau,. An excellent example of this late 19th century German mark.

£20
24.

Berlinifche Feur. Enamel. B1354. An excellent example of this 19th century mark, some chipping at one corner. PLUS. National Versicerung. Enamel. B1357. Another excellent example of this 19th century German companys mark.

£25
25.*
Leeds & Yorkshire Fire & Life Insurance Co. Copper. W70A. An excellent example of this rarely seen mark, no original colour but some gilding on the ram and borders, a must for the serious collector, the mark is illustrated in Wright.
£260
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26.*

Middlesex Fire Insurance Company. Enamelled iron. W111A. An excellent example of this one off extremely rare mark from a company that was in business for only three years (1874-77), this small mark 18x14.3 cms is one of the most sought after in fire mark collecting, small chip on LHS of shield, the mark is illustrated in Wright.

£360
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27.*

The Albert Fire Insurance Co. Copper. W104A. An excellent example of a mark from a very short lived company that was in business for only two years (1864-66), before being taken over by the Western, no original colour although some gilding is evident under a coat of flaking house paint, the mark is illustrated in Wright.

£240
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28.*

Hertfordshire Cambridgeshire & Country Fire Office. Copper. W67A. An excellent example of this short lived (1824-31) single issue company mark, later to be amalgamated with the Herts & Cambridge, they even managed to run a successful fire brigade in their short history, no original colour, minor repaired stress fracture at bottom of the oval, the mark is illustrated in Wright.

£280
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29.*

Edinburgh Friendly Insurance against losses from Fire. Lead. W7B(iii). An excellent example of this very early mark with the Policy no. 2838 painted on the panel, this is a heavy and very rare mark weighing in at 2.5kgs, with other examples being in museums, a definite must for the serious collector.

£1900
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30.*

The General Life & Fire Assurance Co. Copper. W90A. An excellent example of this very large (40x25cms) tin single issue mark, some original dulled colour, a very unique example, the mark is illustrated in Wright.

£340
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31.*

Edinburgh Friendly Insurance against losses from Fire. Lead. W7C. Policy No. 854 impressed on the panel. An excellent example of this very early mark, no original colour or surface damage, although the company was formed in 1720 they did not start to issue marks until much later, this variant is dated to the 1760s and was probably issued to property outside the City, the mark is illustrated in Wright.

£440
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32.*
The Newcastle Upon Tyne Fire Office. Lead. W24A. Policy No 58. An excellent example of this early northern companys mark, as illustrated in Wright, no original colour or surface damage.
£440
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33.*

The General Insurance Co of Ireland. Lead. W18C. Policy No. 3449. An excellent example of this early Irish companys mark founded six years after the Hibernian in 1777, the company only issued four lead marks all of a similar pattern, no original colour or surface damage, slight stress fracture on panel, the mark is illustrated in Wright.

£640
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34.*
The London Assurance. Lead. W9F. Policy No. 52340. An excellent example of this early mark issued in 1800, one of eighteen different variants produced by the company in their 250 year history, no surface damage, some original colour and number gilding, the mark is illustrated in Wright.
£460
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35.

La Vittoria Milan. Tin. B1532. An excellent example of this early 20th century lithographed mark. PLUS. La Venezia. Tin. Not in Bulau. An excellent example of this 19th century Italian mark from Trieste.

£110
36.*

La Catalana Sociedad de Seguros. Tin. B1664. An excellent example of this single issue Barcelona mark dating from the mid-19th century. PLUS. La Constancia Seguros. Tin. B1675. Another excellent example of a Barcelona mark dating from the early 20th century.

£35
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37.

Aurora Compania de Seguros. Tin. B1670. An excellent example of this early 20th century Spanish lithographed mark from Bilbao. PLUS. La Iberica Contra De Seguros. Tin. B1667. A very good example of this single issue Barcelona mark, some scuffing to Neptune in the middle circle.

£35
38.

La Mutuelle de Vallence. Tin. B1262. An excellent example of this early 19th century lithographed mark from Southern France. PLUS. Alviz Companhia de Seguros. Tin. B1679. An excellent example of this early 20th century Portuguese mark from Lisbon. PLUS. Stockholms Stads Brandsforsakringskontor. Tin. B1699. A mint example from a Swedish company founded in1746; this is a modern promotional mark.

£35
39.*

Taisho Marine & Fire Insurance Co. Tin. B1550. A good example of this small shield shaped early 20th century Japanese companys mark that only produced one variant, some surface rust, a rare find for the far eastern collectors.

£120
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40.

Towarzystwo Ubezpieczan. Enamel. Not recorded in Bulau. An excellent example of this Polish mark from the late 19th century. PLUS. Port Ubezpieczono. Tin. B1611. An excellent example of this early 20th century Polish lithographed mark, no surface damage. PLUS. Towarzystwo Ubezpiezen (PIAST). Tin. Not recorded in Bulau. A good example of this mark, showing slight surface rusting.

£45
41.*

Warzawskie Towarzystwo Warsaw. Enamel. Similar to B1606. An excellent example of this Polish mark, some minor chipping at the edges. PLUS a similar mark in tin.

£130
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42.*

Natal Fire Office. Tin. B1656. An excellent example of this single issue mark from an early 19th century company in South Africa, some original colour on the flames, this is the actual mark illustrated in Bulau. PLUS. South African Insurance Co. Copper. B1658. An excellent example of another South African company in business at the beginning of the 20th century, all original colour and no damage to the raised crest.

£120
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43.*

Commercial Marine & Fire Insurance Cape Town. Copper. B1657. Another South African mark in excellent condition with all its original colour and again the one illustrated in Bulau.

£95
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44.*

Dacia Romania. Tin. B1638. An excellent example of this early Romanian mark from Bucharest with all its original dulled colour. PLUS. Urania Bucharest. Tin. Not listed in Bulau. A very good example of this mark still retaining its original colour although somewhat dulled with age, an interesting triangular shape. PLUS. Generali Societate Romana. Tin. B1641. A very good example of this small Romanian mark, no original colour, some surface rust.

£60
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45.

Versichert Basel. Zinc. B1720. A very good example of this 19th century Swiss mark still showing some original colour. PLUS four other modern enamel Swiss marks. Karntner Landes.&. 3 different Zurich Kosmos.

£25
46.

Fonciere. Tin. Not in Bulau. A good example of this Austrian mark from Vienna, no original colour and some light surface rust. PLUS. Assecuranz Gesellschaft. Tin. Not in Bulau. A similar Viennese mark with some slight rusting.

£20
47.

Versichert Helvetia St.Gallen. Enamel. Variation on B1711. A very good example of this mark, some slight chipping to the edges. PLUS .two other excellent more modern Enamel Swiss marks. Tiroler Landesversicherung and Grazer Wechselseitige.

£40
48.

Fire Association of Philadelphia. Cast Iron. B86. A fair example of this early iron mark probably issued in the 1840s judging by its size relative to others, no original paint and surface rusting.

£30
49.

A selection of miniature American fire marks mounted on a wooden shield and some loose variants.

£15
50.

Book: The British Fire Mark 1680-1879 by Brian Wright.

£10
51.

Footprints of Assurance by Alwin Bulau published in 1953. (Illustrating over 1796 fire marks of the world over 320 pages, including 80 pages of British marks.

£15

End of Sale

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