The Fire Mark Circle

Fire Mark Circle

Auction Catalogue: July 2021


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Lot.
Photo.
Description.
Estimate.
Winning Bid
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Bidder No.
1.

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London Assurance. Lead W9D. Policy No. 8415. An excellent, totally undamaged example of this very early mark issued in 1723 showing the unusual incurved corners and clean impressed policy number, no original colour, a must for the serious collector, and no 30% premium.


£800-900

Bid:£420
Bidder No. 10

2.
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Hand in Hand Fire Office. Lead. W2D(i). An excellent example of this last mark issued by the company in 1840, no original colour or surface damage.


£180-200

Bid: £260
Bidder No. 9

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British Fire Office. Lead. W30C. An excellent example of this early circular mark, no surface damage or flattening to the lion, clean nail holes.


£180-200

Bid:£320
Bidder No. 10

4.
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Birmingham Fire Office. Copper. W42B. An excellent example of this second variant still retaining its original gilding, no surface damage or flattening to the fireman, one of only two marks to show firemen figures.


£70-80

Bid:£85
Bidder No. 19

5.

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Royal Exchange Assurance. Lead. W10J. Reproduction. PLUS. Worcester Fire Office. Plastic. Reproduction. PLUS. Garanitia Funchalense. Aluminium. B1566. A modern mark from this 1906 Madeira Company. (3)


£15-20

Bid: £15
Bidder No. 4

6.

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Law Car Insurance. Tin. A169A-TI. A good example of this rare early 20th century company’s mark, no original colour, some outline of the lithograph building, no surface rusting, this mark was the only example ever found by Roy Addis.


£60-80

Bid: £45
Bidder No. 14

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Atlas Assurance. Co. Copper. W50A. A very good example of this single-issue company mark, all original colour, no flattening or surface damage.


£60-70

Bid:£40
Bidder No. 21

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Royal Exchange Assurance. Tin. A10I*Bl-Tl. An excellent example of this later lithographed mark, primarily used for promotional and overseas business.


£30-40

Bid:£45
Bidder No. 14

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Salop Fire Office. Copper. W20B. An excellent example of this copper variant still retaining its original colour and gilding, no flattening to the leopards’ heads, you will have noticed that one sold recently at SAS for £300 inc.


£120-140

Bid:£150
Bidder No. 5

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Beacon Fire Insurance Co. Copper. W56C. A very good example of the last of three variants issued by this short lived company of 6 years, some original gilding, no surface damage, slight stress fracture below panel.


£80-100

Bid: £190
Bidder No. 2

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Kent Insurance Co. Copper. W36B. An excellent example of this rarely seen painted number panel mark, most variants have the word KENT stamped, some original gilding, no flattening to the horse, small hole under the horse.


£130-150

Bid: £140
Bidder No. 6

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Palladium Fire & Life Assurance Co. Copper. W72A. A very good example of this single-issue mark, some original gilding, no flattening or surface damage.


£80-100

Bid:£85
Bidder No. 21

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Newcastle upon Tyne Fire Office. Copper. W24C. A very good example of this only copper variant issued in the early part of the 19th century, no original colour or flattening to the castles.


£100-120

Bid:£90
Bidder No. 21

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British Fire Office. Copper. W30E. An excellent example of this copper variant, all original gilding and dulled background colour, no surface damage or flattening to the lion.


£50-60

Bid:£40
Bidder No. 21

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Essex Economic Fire Office. Copper. W66A. A very good example of the first of two marks issued by this little known Chelmsford company, some original colour and gilding, this was the more elaborate variant the other just a stamped lettered rectangular plate.


£110-130

Bid:£130
Bidder No. 21

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Phoenix Assurance Co. Copper. W23K. A good example of the last of 12 variants issued by the company in 1865, some original colour and gilding mixed with house paint.


£40-50

Bid:£30
Bidder No. 16

17.

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Church of England Fire & Life Assoc. Copper. W91A. A very good example of the first of only two marks issued by this West of England ecclesiastical company, some original gilding, no surface damage and clean nail holes, some minor stress marks.


£80-100

Bid:£110
Bidder No. 18

18.

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Yorkshire Fire & Life Assurance Co. Copper. W77B. An excellent example of this second variant, no original colour or flattening to the minster, mounted on an oak board.


£50-60

Bid:£45
Bidder No. 21

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Northern Assurance Co. Copper. W88A. An excellent example of this early 19th century Scottish mark based in Aberdeen, all original dulled colour, no surface damage.


£50-60

Bid: £45
Bidder No. 1

20.

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General Accident Association. Tin. B980. An excellent example of this later 19th century Scottish company’s mark. The last of four marks issued by this Perth company, no loss of colour or damage to the lithograph, a mark not often seen.


£70-80

Bid: £120
Bidder No. 21

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Suffolk Fire Office. Lead. W37C. An excellent example of this rectangular mark, no original colour or surface damage.


£210-230

Bid: £240
Bidder No. 21

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Royal Exchange Assurance. Lead. W10K. A very good example of this last lead variant issued in 1810, no original colour or surface damage.


£25-30

Bid: £20
Bidder No. 4

23.

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Sun Fire Office. Lead. W3B. Policy No. 180910. A good example of this mark issued in 1762 to a John Spurrell of Watton in Norfolk, (copy of original policy receipt included). No original colour, some damage at nail holes, the background fabric looks dulled this is due to the glass reflection.


£80-100

Bid: £60
Bidder No. 1

24.

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Union Fire Office. Copper. W4E. A good example of this early copper variant, some original gilding and background colour, clean nail holes.


£40-50

Bid:£35
Bidder No. 16

25.

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Protector Fire Insurance Co. Copper. W80B. A very good example of this short lived company’s mark and one of only two to show firemen in action designed by R Smirke. R.A.


£60-80

Bid: £80
Bidder No. 21

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Royal Insurance Co. Copper. W95B. A very good example of this copper variant, no original colour and mounted in professionally glazed frame, documents show that it was taken off a demolished house in Tintwhistle, Yorkshire, the background fabric looks dulled this is due to the glass reflection.


£50-60

Bid:£30
Bidder No. 1

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Alliance Fire & Life Assurance Co. Copper. W63C. A good example of this last variant issued primarily for overseas business, no original colour, no flattening to the castle.


£40-50

Bid:£30
Bidder No. 16

28.

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Phoenix Assurance Co. Copper. W23G. Policy No. 408037. Issued in 1815. A very good example of this painted policy numbered panel, some original gilding and background colour, no flattening to the Phoenix, no spear tip. PLUS. Commercial Union Assurance. Tin. W100A. A fair example of this single-issue tin variant, no original colour, some surface rusting and fraying at the edges. (2)


£50-60

Bid:£30
Bidder No. 1

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Nordisk. Tin. (not in Bulau). An excellent example of this early Danish company’s mark for use in the Spain, all original lithograph colours, 18cms, a rare find for those collecting overseas marks. PLUS. another modern Swedish mark Skane 1884 from Malmo. (2)


£40-50

Bid: £95
Bidder No. 6

30.

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TWO. Hannover landschaftliche Brandcasse. Enamel. B1341. and another. Feur Versicherungs Verein. Enamel. Excellent examples with no damage to the enamel. (3)


£10-15

Bid:£10
Bidder No. 8

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TWO. Good examples of these Belgian marks. La Belgique. Zinc. B1086. Some original gilding and background colour. & L’Union Belge Societe. Zinc. B1084. Some surface damage and missing top LHS. (2)


£30-40

Bid:£25
Bidder No. 16


End of Fire Marks


32.

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TWO Royal Exchange Early Fire Insurance Policies.
(1). Policy No.618108 issued in 1850 for £150 to William Froment a farmer in Waterbeach, Cambridge.
(2). Policy No.577803 issued in 1845 for £100 to Hals Whichborough and Charlotte Lewers of Bury St Edmunds. (2)


£20-25

Bid: £20
Bidder No. 4

33.

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33. TWO Early Fire Insurance Policies from:
(1). The Salamander Fire Office. Policy No.12609 issued in 1829 for £150 to a dwelling house in Devizes.
(2). North British & Mercantile. Policy No.3358078 issued in1898 for £1100 to John Griffiths of Syphon House, Porth, Wales. (2)


£20-25

Bid: £15
Bidder No. 4

34.

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FOUR Fire Insurance Policies from:
(1). The Alliance x 2 to a William Stevens of Bury St Edmunds dated 1901 and 1909.
(2). Norwich Union to a William Middleton for £130 for a group of domestic and work buildings in Bury St Edmunds.in 1905.
(3). United Kingdom Insurance Co. to a John Hart of Bebbington, Liverpool for £500 in 1947 (4)


£15-20

Bid: £18
Bidder No. 4

35.

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Insurance Company memorabilia. To include various Insurance Company bookmarks, Ephemera and Notepads. (Quantity)


£3-5

Bid:£3
Bidder No. 8

36.

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Footprints of Assurance by Alwin Bulau. A comprehensive history of worldwide Fire Insurance Companies and their Fire Marks. Published in the USA in 1952, a large book containing 320 pages, a must for the serious collector. (Click the photo to see some sample pages).


£10-12

Bid: £10
Bidder No. 3

37.

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The British Fire Mark 1680-1879 by Brian Wright. Published in 1982. A comprehensive list of all British Fire Insurance Companies from the first Friendly Society Fire Mark 1693 to those in the early 20th century that were used mainly for business and promotional activities. (Click the photo to see some sample pages). Sorry, this lot is withdrawn.


Withdrawn


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