The Fire Mark Circle

Fire Mark Circle

Auction Catalogue: January 2021


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Note: Lot 18 received two equal high bids, the bid received first takes precedent.

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Lot.
Photo.
Description.
Estimate.
Winning
Bid & Bidder No.
1.
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Atlas Assurance Co. Copper. W50A. A very good example of this only copper mark issued by the company for use in the UK, all original colour and gilding, no flattening to Atlas or the Globe, some flaking on the globe.
PLUS. Atlas Assurance Co. Tin. B781. A good example of this tin oval variant primarily for overseas use, some dulled original colour remaining, no surface rust.


£50-60

Bid: £45
Bidder No. 12

2.
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District Fire Office. Copper. W83A. A good example of this first mark of six variants from a Company who was only in business for 30 years before passing to the Alliance, issued in 1834, minor damage at one edge, repainted in original colours, some adhesive on back where it was fixed to a board.
PLUS. District Fire Office. Copper. W83E. A fair example of this last circular variant reinforced on the back, repainted in original colours. The policy was issued to a Fireman Carter of 52 Lodge Road. Winston Green. Birmingham, as detailed on the back.
PLUS. Birmingham Fire Office. Resin Copy. W42A. An excellent example of this resin copy made by the CII Enterprises in full colour.


£50-60

Bid: £25
Bidder No. 4

3.

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County Fire Office. Zinc. W45B. A very good example of this rarer variant in zinc, repainted in its original colours, clean nail holes and no flattening to Britannia or degrading to the zinc.


£30-40

Bid: £25
Bidder No. 1

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Imperial Fire Assurance Co. Copper. W40C. A very good example of this third variant from a company that was a founder member of the London Fire Engine Establishment, repainted in original colours, no surface damage to the crown, several nail holes. The mark was once owned by John Bly the Antiquarian as detailed on the reverse.


£40-50

Bid: £55
Bidder No. 10

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West of England Insurance Co. Copper. W48F. A very good example of this rarer oval mark being one of seven variants, repainted in its original colours, no surface damage or flattening to Alfred, minor repair to RHS border.


£40-50

Bid: £55
Bidder No. 10

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Helvetia St Gall. Tin. B1709. A very good example of this repainted Swiss mark from St Gallen on the shores of Lake Constance.
PLUS. Baloise Assurance. Tin. B1719. Another good example of a Swiss mark 21x14cms.


£30-40

Bid: £35
Bidder No. 21

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La Fondiaria. Tin. B1521. A very good example of this Italian mark from a paper mill in Amalfi, repainted in original colours.
PLUS. Riunione Adriatica Di Sicurta. Tin. B1506. A good example of this repainted Italian mark from “the valley of the mills” in Amalfi.
PLUS Assicurato alla Basilese. Similar to B1717. (showing the coat of arms of Basle) A good example of this Swiss mark from Morcote a village in the Italian-speaking part of Southern Switzerland.


£40-50

Bid: £40
Bidder No. 5

8.
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Four modern Plastic and Tin Austrian marks. Wiener Allianz. X 2. Versichert Bei Donau and Verichert Bei Interunfall. All in excellent condition.


£40-50

Bid: £40
Bidder No. 15

9.
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Tyroler Landes Brandoerlicherung. Enamel. B1054 (similar). An excellent example of this enamel mark.
PLUS Versichert Bei Zuric-Kosmos. Enamel. Not in Bulau. An excellent example.
PLUS. Anglo Dubian Lloyd. Enamel. Not in Bulau. Another fine example of this enamel mark.


£35-45

Bid: £45
Bidder No. 21

10.

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Norwich Union Fire Insurance Soc. Copper. W29P. A good example of this last copper variant, all original colour, some fraying at the top edge, no flattening to Justice.


£30-40

Bid: £35
Bidder No. 10

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Phoenix Assurance Co. Copper. W23J(i). A good example of this copper variant repainted in original colours, no surface damage or flattening to the Phoenix, spear tip missing. PLUS. Westminster Insurance Office. A glass fibre reproduction of W5C(iii).


£30-40

Bid: £20
Bidder No. 4

12.
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British Fire Office. Copper. W30E. A good example of this popular mark, some original colour, no surface damage or flattening to the Lion, clean nail holes.


£40-50

Bid: £40
Bidder No. 17

13.

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Farmers & General Fire & Life Insurance Inst. Copper. W92B. A good example of this late 19th century company mark whose business was aimed at the agricultural industry, no original colour or surface damage, showing signs of being polished.


£40-50

Bid: £45
Bidder No. 16

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Royal Insurance Co. Copper. W95B. A fair example of this repainted mark, some stress fractures and fraying at the edges.
PLUS Royal Insurance Co. Copper. W95E. A poor example of this last copper variant, repainted and lacking its Crown.
PLUS Alliance Fire & Life Insurance Co. Copper. W63B. A poor example of this second of three variants, no original colour and repairs to both sides of the panel.


£30-40

Bid: £20
Bidder No. 1

15.

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National Insurance Co. of Ireland. Tin. W59A. A good example of this rare mark, no original colour, some surface cleaned rusting and minor stress fracture to a clover leaf.


£50-60

Bid: £130
Bidder No. 7

16.

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Sun Fire Office. Tin. B555. An excellent example of this later tin variant primarily for overseas use, all original colour and gilding.


£30-40

Bid: £60
Bidder No. 1

17.

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Westminster Insurance Office. Lead. W5C(iii). An excellent example of the last lead mark issued by the company about 1801, no original colour, some gilding in the recessed parts, top crown/feathers re-attached , no surface damage other than a nail holes in the portcullis and feathers.


£80-90

Bid: £120
Bidder No. 18

18.
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Hand in Hand Fire Office. Lead. W2D(i). An excellent example of the last mark issued by the company about 1840, most original red background colour and gilding throughout, no surface damage or stress fractures, a definite one off.


£180-200

Bid: £440
(*Equal top bids.)
Bidder No. 7

19.

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Royal Exchange Assurance. Lead. W10D. Policy No. 52175. An excellent example of this very early mark issued in the 1760s, no surface damage or strengthening to the crown, no stress fractures and clean nail holes.


£100-110

Bid: £85
Bidder No. 2

20.
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Equitable Fire Insurance Co. (South Australia).Tin. B1659. A very good example of this rare single issue 1865 company mark, no damage or rust, covered in brown house paint, some evidence of original blue background.


£100-120

Bid: £160
Bidder No. 15

21.

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Alliance Fire & Life Assurance Co. Copper. W63B. A very good example of this mark from this early 19th century company, no original colour or flattening to the castle, some tearing on the panel nail holes.


£40-50

Bid: £30
Bidder No. 4

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Phoenix Assurance. Tin. W23H. Policy No. 448837. A very good example of this rare tin stamped mark that was issued between 1815-1820, no surface damage or flattening to the Phoenix, some fraying at the panel nail holes and bottom RHS of oval, this variant unlike previous ones had no spear.


£50-60

Bid: £95
Bidder No. 7

23.
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La Belgique Societe D’assurances Brussels. Zinc. B1086. A good example of this mid-19th century mark, no original colour, overpainted in house paint.
PLUS. A similar much larger mark from the same company 28x22cms, some original colour to the crown.


£30-40

Bid: £30
Bidder No. 21

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Yorkshire Fire & Life Assurance Co. Copper. W77B. An excellent example of this second variant, all original dulled colour and gilding, no flattening to the Minster and clean nail holes.


£50-60

Bid: £45
Bidder No. 1

25.

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Vereeniging Union. Tin. B1084. A very good example of this rare Belgian mark, no surface damage or metal fatigue, house paint in the recessed parts.


£30-40

Bid: £55
Bidder No. 15

26.
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El Aguila. Tin. Not in Bulau. A good example of this Spanish mark with the company based in France L‘aigle B1286, some surface rust, no other damage.
PLUS. Another Greek mark Fenikai, Tin. Not listed in Bulau. In good condition, some surface rust and background black colour.


£20-30

Bid: £35
Bidder No. 15

27.

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Franco Romana. Tin. B1643. An excellent example of this Romanian single issue company mark, all original colour.


£30-40

Bid: £40
Bidder No. 15

28.
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Insurance Company of North America. Tin. B53. A near mint example of this lithograph mark issued for overseas business in the Far East, early 20th century, all original colour.


£30-40

Bid: £55
Bidder No. 5

29.

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Eternity. Tin. Not in Bulau. A good example of this unknown mark with an Angel and Star surrounded by flowers on either side, as its image, possibly Middle Eastern in origin, or some other religious connection. The name CLIVE is impressed on the left hand flower.


£20-30

Bid: £30
Bidder No. 6

30.
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North British-Osigurano Kod. Tin. Not in Bulau or Addis, late 19th cent. A very good example of a British company insuring property in a Communist state, the marks came from a property on the Adriatic coast of what is now Yugoslavia, repainted in colours similar to others. 18x12cms.


£30-40

Bid: £30
Bidder No. 3

31.
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Property or Boundary mark, Cast Iron. (20x16cms). A good example of an unknown marker showing a star surrounded by a tied ribbon or buckled garter with four words,***** LIGHT OUR *****, enclosed in a band of wavy scrolls and fixing tab on the bottom, still showing some original paint.
(Click on the photo to see larger images of both sides of this lot.)


£20-30

Bid: £35
Bidder No. 17


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32.
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British Fire Marks by Roy Addis. A Definitive Collection of Colour Photographs, plus Addendum, An excellent copy of this book with over 560 pages of every fire mark issued by a British Insurance Company. All 164 Companies are illustrated in half scale coloured photographs from The Friendly Society of the late 17th century to The Property Silkcrops Insurance of the early 20th century. This book could be used in conjunction with Brian Wright's book "The History of the British Fire Mark" to identify the History of the Companies. The book measures 22x30x05cms and weighs 3kg.
(Click on either photo to see a selection of images from this lot.)


£120-150

Bid: £300
Bidder No. 5


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