The Fire Mark Circle

Fire Mark Circle

Auction Catalogue: April 2022


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Winning Bid
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Bidder No.
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County Fire Office. Copper. W45B. A very good example of this second variant still retaining most of its gilding, some red background colour, no surface damage or flattening to Britannia and clean nail holes.


£30-40

Bid: £20
Bidder No. 9

2.
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Liverpool & London Fire Insurance Co. Copper. W96A. A very good example of this single issue mark from this short lived company that was later to merge in 1864 with the more well-known Liverpool and London and Globe, some original dulled red background colour, no flattening to the Liver Bird (cormorant) or dragons wing, repair to LHS nail hole, and some solder strengthening to the edges.


£30-40

Bid: £25
Bidder No. 23

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Northern Assurance Co. Tin. B877. A fair example of this later 19th century mark one of five to be issued from this Scottish company based in Aberdeen, no original colour, some varnished surface rusting and fraying at the edges.


£30-40

Bid: £20
Bidder No. 9

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Protector Fire Insurance Co. Copper. W80B. A good example of this short lived Company’s mark (10years) and one of only two fire marks to show a fireman in action designed by R.Smirke R.A. some repair to the P on the LHS of the panel, some original gilding and red flames from the building.


£40-50

Bid: £45
Bidder No. 12

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Union Fire Office. Copper. W4E. An excellent example of this large copper variant, one of 6 marks to be issued by one of the original Insurance companies in 1835, all original dulled colour, no surface damage or flattening to the hands.


£40-60

Bid: £100
Bidder No. 15

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Norwich Union Fire Insurance Soc. Tin. W29G(i). A very good example of this tin variant, one of 17 different marks to be issued in the company’s history, no original colour, no surface rusting, very unusual to find a tin mark in such good condition having been on a property.


£50-60

Bid: £75
Bidder No. 17

7.

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Royal Exchange Assurance. Lead. W10J. Policy No 196435. A very good example of this last lead variant showing an impressed policy number, issued in 1802, to a Jonathan Burgess of Helsby in Chester, covering his house, barn and stables. No original colour or gilding, no surface damage or flattening to the Exchange, and surprisingly only two nail holes.


£45-55

Bid: £40
Bidder No. 17

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Royal Exchange Assurance. Lead. W10K. A very good example of this last lead variant issued in 1810, still showing some original gilding and red background colour in the recessed parts, the crown has been professionally reattached.


£25-30

Bid: £30
Bidder No. 21

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Royal Insurance Co. Copper. W95E. A very good example of this later variant still retaining all its original colour and gilding, a nice collectable mark.


£40-50

Bid: £45
Bidder No. 21

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Phoenix Assurance Co. Copper. W23K. A very good example of this last variant to be issued by the company in 1865. Still showing all its original colour and gilding, no surface damage or flattening to the Phoenix.


£40-50

Bid: £90
Bidder No. 17

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Hand in Hand Fire Office. Copper. W2C(i). Policy number 97818 issued in 1799. A very good example of this early mark with the policy number impressed, no original colour or gilding or other surface damage, never seen at auction before, with Addis having listed the only other known example, 97737, which was issued only a week previous, a must for the discerning collector.


£180-200

Bid: £420
Bidder No. 17

12.

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County Fire Office. Copper. W45B. A very good example of this second variant still retaining all of its gilding and red background colour, no surface damage or flattening to Britannia possibly unissued.


£40-50

Bid: £35
Bidder No. 17

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County Fire Office. Copper. W45D. A very good example of this later variant still retaining all of its original gilding and red background colour, no surface damage or flattening to Britannia possibly unissued.


£40-50

Bid: £30
Bidder No. 3

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Sun Fire Office. Tin. A3K-C. Not listed in wright or Bulau. A good example of this very rare circular Sun lithographed mark, some dulling to the yellow rays and lettering with evidence of it being on a property, not seen at auction before with only one other listed in Addis.


£80-90

Bid: £80
Bidder No. 7

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Sun Fire Office. Copper. W3H. A very good example of this circular mark issued in 1839, the first of the small marks with nailing lugs on either side, all original dulled blue background colour and gilding, no surface damage or flattening to the sun.


£35-45

Bid: £50
Bidder No. 6

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Sun Fire Office. Tin. W3F. A good example of the first of the circular Sun marks in tinned iron, issued in 1816 following the end of the impressed policy numbered marks, no original colour or surface damage, very little rusting and it is noted that it was removed from a property in 15 Lower Fairfield Rd. Leatherhead in 1933.


£50-60

Bid: £40
Bidder No. 17

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Sun Fire Office. Copper. B551. A good example of this later variant, it is noted in Wright that they were issued to commemorate the bicentenary of the company, some dulling to the yellow rays and lettering with evidence of it being on a property, no surface damage or flattening to the sun.


£40-50

Bid: £40
Bidder No. 22

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Manchester Fire and Life Assurance Co. Copper. W71C. A very good example of the third of five variants dating from the early 19th century, all original dulled colour and gilding, no surface damage other than some dents to the shield.


£50-60

Bid: £65
Bidder No. 14

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Globe Insurance Co. Tin. W38E. A good example of this variant probably dating from the 1850s, all original dulled colour, no surface damage or flattening to the globe.


£40-50

Bid: £80
Bidder No. 17

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Imperial Fire Insurance Co. Tin. W40G. A very good example of this later variant from a company that was a founder member of the London Fire Engine Establishment, all original colour and gilding, no flattening to the crown, some slight scuffing to the raised parts.


£40-50

Bid: £35
Bidder No. 19

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Protector Fire Insurance Co. Copper. W80B. A good example of this short lived Company’s mark (10years) and one of only two fire marks to show a fireman in action designed by R.Smirke R.A. still showing some original gilding and background red flames colour, no surface damage or flattening to the fireman.


£60-80

Bid: £85
Bidder No. 21

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Alliance Fire & Life Assurance Co. Copper. W63A. A good example of the first of three variants to be issued in 1824, no original colour, overpainted in brown house paint, no surface damage or flattening to the castle or rocks, the mark was removed from 37 Daniel Street Portsea in 1933 as the attached label shows.


£40-50

Bid: £45
Bidder No. 21

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Norwich Union Fire Insurance Soc. Copper. W29P. A very good example of this later variant still showing all its original colour and gilding, some slight scuffing to Justice and the lettering.


£40-50

Bid: £35
Bidder No. 17

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Norwich Union Fire Insurance Soc. Tin. W29I. A surprisingly good example of this not often seen variant considering its material and early issue, repainted in original colours, no surface rusting or flattening to Justice, one of 17 different marks issued by the company still in existence today as AVIVA.


£50-60

Bid: £70
Bidder No. 14

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Guardian Fire & Life Assurance Co. Tin. B798. An excellent example of this later variant issued at the end of the 19th century, primarily for promotional and overseas business, all original colour. PLUS. Reliance Marine Insurance Co. Tin. B967. An excellent example of this mark issued by a Liverpool company in 1881 and later allied with the Guardian, primarily for Marine Insurance, all original colours.


£25-30

Bid: £50
Bidder No. 17

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Union Fire Office. Copper. An excellent example of this reproduction of the Union Fire Office Number 1 Porter’s Badge by Vaughton Bros of Birmingham, these were issued as a promotional item to new policy holders in the early 20th century and mounted on a card backing containing details of the company’s history, which sadly is no longer there.


£30-40

Bid: £25
Bidder No. 19

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Norwich Union Fire Insurance Soc. Copper. W29L. A good example of this large variant dating from the 1860s and designed by the Agency Inspector A B Gaudiano, repainted in its original colours, some fraying at the edges, and strengthening at the back, both finials intact.


£40-50

Bid: £45
Bidder No. 21

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Warden Insurance Co. Tin. A125A-TI. An excellent example of this late 19th century Scottish company, later allied with Aberdeen Farmers, all original lithographed colours and not often seen at auction, no surface damage to the lithographed knight.


£40-50

Bid: £85
Bidder No. 8

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Yorkshire Fire & Life Insurance Co. Copper. W77B. A very good example of this second mark issued in 1850 and the last for general use in the UK, some original colour and dulled gilding, no surface damage or flattening to the Minster, later another two photo litho variants were produced for overseas business.


£40-50

Bid: £55
Bidder No. 21

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Norwich Union Fire Insurance Soc. Tin. W29J. A good example of this variant dating from the first half of the 19th century, some stress fractures that have been reinforced at the back, some repainting.


£30-40

Bid: £30
Bidder No. 23

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Hope Fire & Life Assurance Co. Tin. W47C. A good example of this rarely seen mark, considering its material, one of six variants issued by this short lived company, no original colour, some fraying to the top of the oval and surface rusting to the back, it is surprisingly intact considering its material.


£70-80

Bid: £120
Bidder No. 10

32.

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National Fire Insurance Corporation. Copper. W113A. A good example of this late 19th century company’s mark that later passed to the Royal after only 10 years in business, repainted, not in original colours, no flattening to Britannia or other surface damage, a mark not often seen at auctions.


£40-50

Bid: £35
Bidder No. 21

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Northern Assurance Co. Tin. B879. A good example of this later mark, one of ten different variants to be issued by this Aberdeenshire Company, no original colour or surface rusting.


£40-50

Bid: £40
Bidder No. 23

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Atlas Assurance Co. Copper. W50A. A good example of this only copper mark to be issued for sole use in the UK, subsequent oval tin variants were produced for overseas business, all original dulled colour, no flattening to the Atlas or Globe. Addis notes that several different background colours were used in the mark.


£40-50

Bid: £60
Bidder No. 21

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London Assurance. Copper. W9H(i). A good example of the first copper mark issued in 1808 after seven lead variants, some original gilding but no background colour, no surface damage to Britannia, the head has been re-attached.


£30-40

Bid: £35
Bidder No. 6

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Sun Fire Office. Tin. B556. A mint example of this unissued mark dating from the early 19th century and primarily used for overseas and promotional business, showing Sun Londres 1710 round the edge of the mark.


£40-50

Bid: £45
Bidder No. 23

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Bath Sun Fire Office. Copper. W16B. The second of only two marks to be issued by the company the first being in lead, probably issued at the beginning of the 1800s, no original colour or gilding, some distortion to the sun’s face.


£40-50

Bid: £75
Bidder No. 21

38.

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Liverpool & London & Globe Insurance Co. Copper. W105A. A very good example of the first of only two marks to be issued by this company having merged with the Globe in 1864, all original dulled colour and gilding, no surface damage to the Globe, cormorant or dragons wing.


£40-50

Bid: £75
Bidder No. 17

39.

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Sun Fire Office. Lead. W3B. Policy No. 106458. A very good example of this early mark issued in 1745, no original colour or surface damage to the Suns face or wavy rays.


£60-80

Bid: £80
Bidder No. 8

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Birmingham Fire Office. Copper. W43C. A good example of the third and last variant, one of only two marks showing a fireman in action, right hand tab missing and some strengthening to the scrolls.


£40-60

Bid: £45
Bidder No. 21

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Scottish Union Insurance Co. Copper. W75A. A good example of the first of five variants issued by this Edinburgh Company, no original colour, no surface damage or flattening to the lion.


£80-120

Bid: £130
Bidder No. 17


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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 of 1693 to those in the early 20th century.


£15-20

Bid: £15
Bidder No. 1

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A collection of Fire Insurance and Firefighting related books, to include The London Assurance 1949. Fire Insurance family records. History of British Insurance 1968. Fire Committed Kent 1964. Devonport Dockyard 1998. Chance and the fire horses 1972. Sun Insurance 1950. Firefighting in Plymouth. Great Fire of London Bell 1924.


£20-30

Not Sold

44.

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A collection of Six Fire Insurance Company’s glass paperweights, showing the company Fire mark or emblem, to include Northern, Liverpool Victoria, Caledonian, Orient and others.


£25-30

Bid: £25
Bidder No. 21

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