The Fire Mark Circle

Fire Mark Circle

Auction Catalogue: January 2020


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Lot No.Description.
Result of auction.
Photo.
1.

West of England Fire Insurance Co. Copper. W48C. A good example of this third of seven variants, some original gilding showing below house paint, no flattening to Alfred, some damage at nail holes.

£35
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2.

Phoenix Assurance Co. Copper. W23G. A good example of this last painted policy number mark, dating from the 1800-1815, no original colour or number remains, no flattening to the Phoenix, top of spear tip missing. PLUS. Phoenix. Copper. W23J. Another good example of this earlier version of a later variant dating from 1825, no colour or flattening to the Phoenix, some gilding under house paint, no spear tip.

£45
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3.

Union Fire Office Arm Badge. Copper. A very good example of this Reproduction badge originally in Silver, produced in the 1920s by Vaughton Bros of Birmingham for the CU as a promotional item for new policy holders.

£30
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4.

Sun Fire Office. Lead. W3D. Policy No.707762. A very good example of this fourth variant issued in 1800, no surface damage to the sun and repainted not in original colours.

£65
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5.

Royal Exchange Assurance. Lead. W10K. An excellent example of this last lead mark issued by the company in 1810, no surface damage and some original gilding showing beneath the house paint.

£25
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6.

Bristol Crown Fire Office. Lead. W6C. An excellent example of the third of five lead marks issued by this very early company (1718), one of the first to set up offices outside London, no flattening to the crown or other surface damage, some strengthening to the back where the panel meets the crown.
£240
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7.
Bath Fire Office. Lead. W11A(i). Policy No.1773. An excellent example of the first mark issued by the company in the 1770s, no surface damage and evidence where the mark has been clipped and not nailed to the wall.
Not Sold
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8.

Worcester Fire Office. Lead. W27C. A good example of this last lead variant, no original colour or surface damage, the mark is illustrated in Wright, the panel and top tab have been reattached.

£670
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9.

Hand in Hand Fire Office. Lead. W2C(i). Policy No.101774. An excellent example of this lead mark issued in 1824 and illustrated in Wright, no flattening to the crown or hands or other surface damage, some gilding in the recessed parts.

£180
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10.

New Bristol Fire Office. Copper. W12B. Policy No.4104, issued in 1790. An excellent example of this early copper mark with a painted number still retaining some original gilding, no surface damage or flattening to the towers, a must for the serious collector.

£250
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11.

Lloyds for Russia 1870. Tin. Not in Bulau. An excellent example of this rare 19th century Russian mark, no original colour or surface damage, no surface rust. The mark is circular 25cms as illustrated.

£75
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12.

Palatine Insurance Co. Tin. W109/B972/3. An excellent example of this late 19th century company’s lithographed mark showing the castle in raised profile, the company took over the Mutual W109 in 1890 and subsequently merged with the Central, no surface damage, some minor scuffing to the raised parts.

Not Sold
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13.
Norwich Union. Fire Insurance Soc. Copper. W29P. An excellent example of this later variant primarily used for overseas and promotional use, still showing all original colour, slight loss of colour to the raised parts.
£35
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14.

County Fire Office. Copper. W45E. A good example of this circular variant issued in the 1840s as a departure from their rectangular marks, some flaking, red background colour and the garter tab reattached.

£65
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15.

Northern Assurance Co. Copper. W88A. A near mint example of this first issue mark from this Scottish company based in Aberdeen, all original colour, a must for the discerning collector.

Not Sold
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16.

Royal Insurance Co. Tin. W95E. A near mint example or the last variant issued by this Liverpool company, all original colour, no surface damage.

Not Sold
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17.

Caledonian Insurance Co. Copper. W43C. An excellent example of this similar variant to A and B apart from the distance between the thistle and the leaf, some original dark red and gilding remains.

£60
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18.

Norwich Union Fire Insurance Soc. Copper. W29C. An excellent example of this early copper variant issued in the early 1800s, no flattening to the hands, some original gilding and background colour.

£80
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19.
Norwich Union. Fire Insurance Soc. Copper. W29L. A very good example of this Gaudiano variant first issued in 1860, all original colour, minimal paint loss, top finial missing.
Not Sold
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20.

Westminster Insurance Office. Lead. W5C(iii). Policy No.51131. An excellent example of this last lead mark issued by this early company in 1800, no original colour or gilding, no surface damage or stress fractures.

Not Sold
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21.

Royal Exchange Assurance. Lead. W10F. Policy No.145759. A very good example of this variant issued in1795, no surface damage to the Royal Exchange and some original background colour, partially covered in house paint.

£75
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22.

Sun Fire Office. Lead. W3B. Policy No.397936. A very good example of this second variant issued in 1776, no surface damage to the sun and covered in house paint.

£65
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23.

Migdal Insurance Co. Enamel. B1600. A good example of this rare Jerusalem mark issued in Palestine in 1935, slight chips to the enamel at the corners, it is rare that we see marks from the middle east so a definite for the world wide collectors.

£65
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