The Fire Mark Circle

Fire Mark Circle

Auction Catalogue: April 2019


This auction was held in London on 10th April 2019 at the Fire Mark Circle AGM.

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

Lot No.Description.
Price Realised.
Photo.
1.*
Sun Fire Office. A reproduction of a Lead Sun W3A(i) Policy No 838. Issued January 1711 to a William Skelton for a house in Church Rd Fulham, this is the earliest known example of a Sun fire mark; it is mounted on a display shield with plaque giving the details.
£50
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2.*
Royal Exchange Assurance. Lead. W10F. Policy No 157711. Issued in 1797. An excellent example of this variant, no original colour, no surface damage or flattening to the Royal Exchange.
£85
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3.

Guardian Fire & Life Assuran5ce Company. 2 examples. Copper.W57B. A very good example of this second issue copper mark, no original colour, some gilding, no flattening to Athene. PLUS another Guardian Tin. B797. An excellent example of this 1930s flat tin variant still retaining its original colour, some scuffing to the raised parts.

£40
4.

West of England Fire Insurance Company. Tin. W48D. A fair example of this last tin variant, no original colour, some surface rust and several small holes.

£35
5.*

Wiltshire & Western Assurance Society. Copper. W26B. Policy No 4088. A good example of this numbered copper variant, some original gilding, no original colour and the ribbon at the top is missing.

£50
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6.*
The Dundee Assurance Company. Lead. W22A. Policy No 358. A very good example of this rare Scottish mark, no original colour or gilding, no surface damage and clean nail holes, partly covered in brown house paint.
£750
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7.

Sun Fire Office. 2 examples. Copper. W3I. A very good example of this last copper variant issued in 1850, still retaining its original colour and gilding, no flattening to the Sun�s face. PLUS. Tin. W3F A very good example of this tin mark issued in 1816 still retaining its original colour and gilding, no flattening to the Sun�s face.

£110
8.

Royal Exchange Assurance. Lead. W10E. Policy No 97293. Issued in 1786. A good example of this variant, no original colour, no surface damage or flattening to the Royal Exchange, crown missing. PLUS. Royal Exchange Assurance. Lead. W10K. A very good example of the last lead mark issued by the company, no original colour or surface damage.

£40
9.

Four Italian fire marks. Italia. Tin. B1519. A very good example of this single issue company mark still retaining its original colours. PLUS. Trieste.(1831) Tin. B1494. An excellent example of this 4th of 18 variants, all original colour and gilding. PLUS. Another tin Trieste variant, not in Bulau, no colour and some surface rust on the crest. PLUS. Another similar tin Trieste larger variant again not in Bulau.

£65
10.*
Sun Fire Office. Lead. W3A(i). Policy No 10939 issued in 1718. An excellent example of this early mark made by Julia & Ann Bagley who took over the business from their father, no surface damage to the sun's face or the nail holes, no original colour.
£520
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11.

Bath Sun Fire. Copper. W16B. A good example of this second variant still showing some original gilding to the sun, no background colour and a small repaired stress split to the LHS of the panel.

£55
12.

Phoenix Assurance Company. Copper. W23G. A good example of this early painted policy numbered variant issued in 1800, some evidence of the number is visible, no spear tip. PLUS. another Phoenix. Copper. W23K. A fair example of this last copper variant minus the lettered panel, still showing all original colour.

£25
13.

District Fire Office. Copper. W83A. A good example of the first issue mark of five from this company that was only in business for 30 years before being taken over by the Alliance, no original colour, no flattening to the shield, some repaired stress fractures. PLUS another District Fire Office. Copper. W83E. A very good example of this last variant to be issued still retaining most of its original colour and gilding, no flattening to the coat of arms some tearing at the nail holes.

£45
14.

British Fire Office. Copper. W30C. A very good example of this rare variant produced in both Lead and Tinned Copper in the early 1800s no original colour, no flattening to the Lion, small repair at the tail.

£50
15.*

Insurance Company of Scotland. Copper. W58A. A very good example of this much sought after single issue Scottish Mark from an Edinburgh company that was only in business for 20 years, no surface damage or flattening to the crown, some repainting is evident.

£100
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16.*
Scottish Union Insurance Company. Copper. W75A. A very good example of this Scottish company�s mark who did most of their business in the East of Scotland and contributed to the purchase of fire engines in Edinburgh under Firemaster Braidwood and later ventured into the NE of England, no original colour or other surface damage.
£140
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17.

Patriotic Assurance Company of Ireland. B847. A very good example of this later tin variant primarily used for overseas use, some slight scuffing to the raised parts. PLUS another Patriotic A73J-TI. An excellent example of the last mark to be issued before being taken over by the Sun, whose influence is shown on the mark.

£50
18.*
Manchester Fire Assurance Company. Copper. B836/A71H*Bl-C. An excellent example of this very rare circular mark, the last to be issued by the company primarily for business in the Far East as the Mandarin lettering illustrates, all original colour and gilding, a unique find and a must for the serious collector.
£110
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19.

Phoenix Assurance Company. Tin. B687. A near mint example of this later lithographed mark primarily used for promotional and overseas business.

£100
20.*
Westminster Insurance Office. Copper. W5D. A very good example of the last mark to be issued by the company in 1839, no original colour, traces of gilding on the lettering and crown, no surface damage or flattening, top finial intact.
£85
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21.*
Westminster Insurance Office. Lead. W5C(iii). Policy No 50370, issued in 1799. An excellent example of the last lead mark issued by the company, no original colour, traces of gilding on the portcullis and crown, no surface damage or flattening, the eagle eyed amongst us will note that this mark is illustrated in Wright.
£170
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22.*

Aylsham New Association. Brass. Although strictly not a FIRE MARK, the Aylsham Assoc. operated in a similar fashion to Insurance companies when in 1825 they set up a system of assurance for burglary and theft of livestock for residents within a 10 mile radius of Aylsham in Norfolk. An interesting item of Insurance memorabilia in excellent condition, no surface damage or stress fractures.

£260
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23.*
Bath Fire Office. Lead. W11A(i). Policy No 4. An excellent example of this very early company mark, said to be have given to one of the co-partners at the formation of the company hence the early number and the original colour and a copperplate written label on the back. The mark is also recorded in Wright.
£2250
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24.

Sun Fire Office. Lead. W3C. Policy No 598601, issued in 1791. A fair example of this lead mark that has been flattened and sustained several stress fractures to the Sun�s face and surround, no original colour or gilding and damage at the nail holes. PLUS. Royal Exchange Assurance. Lead. W10K. A fair example, no colour and the crown is missing.

£45
25.*
Patriotic Assurance Company of Ireland. Tin. Similar to W73C.A73I*GN-TI A very good example of this hard to come by mark still retaining its original colour and gilding, no damage at nail holes, primarily for overseas use and although similar to W73C it has a rectangular shape to accommodate Mandarin script in the corners.
£110
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26.*

British Fire Office. Lead. W30C. A very good example of this variant produced in both Lead and Tinned Copper in the early 1800s no original colour, no flattening to the Lion, small repair at the bottom RHS.

£95
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27.

Three German/Austrian Fire Marks. Enamel. Allianz Wiener B1425 (similar). A very good example of this mark, small loss of enamel at top LHS. Enamel Graz Direktion Wien. (Not in Bulau) A mint example of this mark. Another similar Grazer Wechselseitige. Mint.

£70
28.

Liverpool & London & Globe. Insurance Company. Copper. W106B. A very good example of this second variant still retaining some of its original colour, no surface damage and clean nail holes. PLUS. Another modern Tin example B947. Mint.

£35
29.*

National Union Fire Office. Tin. B989. A very good example of this late 19th cent mark still retaining its original dulled colour. A rare variant of this mark as the usual words Bedford England have been replaced by the agent�s name, McAlister & Co. Ltd, a definite one off.

£70
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30.*

Bristol Crown Fire Office. Lead. W6C. An excellent example of a mark from this very early 18th cent company, one of the first to set up business outside London, and was only in business for 19 years, but still managed to issue four lead fire marks, and have a purpose built engine house and run two fire engines, no original colour, no flattening of the crown.

£320
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31.

Michigan Central Mutual Insurance Company Tin B356. An excellent example from this little known American company which started business in 1864 and only lasted four years, no colour and mounted in a glazed frame.

£65
32.*
Shropshire & North Wales Assurance Company. Brass. W89A. A very good example of the first of two variants issued by the company and still retaining its original gilding, being made of thick brass the mark has sustained no damage apart from a small repaired stress fracture on the LHS, mounted on a decoratively carved panel.
£140
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33.

Royal Insurance Company. Copper. W95B. A very good example of this variant, still retaining its original dulled colour, no flattening or tearing at the nail holes. PLUS Royal Insurance. Copper. W95E. A good example of the last copper variant before the company issued similar tin marks for overseas use, some original colour.

£30
34.*
Royal Insurance Company. Ceramic. W95C. An excellent example of this very rare mark with only one other example known to exist, all original colour, no surface damage, a must have for the serious collector.
£240
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35.

Union Fire Office. Copper. W4E. A poor example of this variant, no original colour, fraying at the edges and a small hole on the LHS hand. PLUS another Union Fire Office. Tin. Similar to W4E with FIRE replacing the date, primarily for overseas use, all original colours with slight scuffing.

£50
36.

Prudential Assurance Company. Tin. B905. A fair example of this mid-19th cent mark, some original colour, surface rust and lacking the lithograph image of the building. PLUS. Cornhill Assurance Company. Tin. B1007. A good example of this early 20th cent company�s only fire mark, no original colour, no damage or surface rusting.

£65
37.

North British & Mercantile Insurance Company. Tin. B936. An excellent example of this later lithographed mark, no damage or scuffing to the surface. PLUS. A professionally made plaster copy of W102B, showing all the detail of the copper original.

£35
38.

Three French fire Marks. Tin L�Union. B1264. A very good example of this mark still showing all its original colour. PLUS. Tin L�Abeille (bee). B1297. A fair example of this first issue company mark, no colour and some damage to the edges. PLUS. Tin. La Confiance (confidence) B1293. A good example of this variant of five issued by the company, no colour, no surface rusting.

£95
39.*

British Dominions Insurance Company. Tin. B996/A154A-TI. An excellent example of this simple oval mark from a late 19th cent company (1896-1915) which only issued one fire mark, still showing its black background and gilded lettering, a rare example never seen at auction before.

£100
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40.*

Sun Fire Office. Lead. W3C.Policy No 642559 issued 1795. A good example of this third lead variant made by Isaac & Margaret Mather, no original colour, some stress fractures and flattening to the sun.

£75
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41.

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

£10
42.

Book: Footprints of Assurance by Alwin Bulau, published in 1953 (illustrating over 1,796 fire marks of the World in 320 pages).

£45

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