The Fire Mark Circle

Fire Mark Circle

Auction Catalogue: July 2023


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

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Sun Fire Office. Lead. W3B. Policy No. 383891. Issued in 1776. A very good example of this early company mark, no surface damage or flattening to the sun’s face, two clean nail holes.


£60-80

Bid: £160
Bidder No. 8

2.

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Sun Fire Office. Lead. W3D. Policy No. 631160. Issued in 1794. A very good example of this company mark, no surface damage or flattening to the sun’s face, two clean nail holes, repainted partially in original colours.


£60-80

Bid: £75
Bidder No. 2

3.

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Sun Fire Office. Lead. W3D. Policy No. 749063. Issued on the 6th June 1803 to a George Compigne, farmer of Wisbech for his dwelling house and outbuildings. A very good example of this later company mark, no surface damage or flattening to the sun’s face, two clean nail holes. (Includes copy of policy.)


£70-90

Bid: £75
Bidder No. 2

4.

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Scottish Union Insurance Co. Copper.W75E. A good example of this last mark to be issued by this Edinburgh company, all original dulled colour.


£40-50

Bid: £65
Bidder No. 20

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Eagle Insurance Co. Tin. W46B PLUS. County Fire Office. Copper.W45B. A poor example of the repainted Eagle with the panel missing, with a good example of the County, no flattening to Britannia. (2)


£30-40

Bid: £30
Bidder No. 5

6.

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County Fire Office. Copper. W45D. An excellent example for this variant issued in 1837, all original colour and gilding, possibly unissued.


£25-30

Bid: £45
Bidder No. 16

7.

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County Fire Office. Copper. W45B. A good example of this second variant still showing most of its gilding and some background colour, no flattening to Britannia and clean nail holes.


£25-30

Bid: £10
Bidder No. 6

8.

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Scottish Union Insurance Co. Copper. W75A. A very good example of the first of five marks issued by this Edinburgh company, no original colour or flattening to the lion rampant.


£50-60

Bid: £50
Bidder No. 19

9.

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National Union Fire Office. Tin. B989. A very good example of the last of three marks issued by the company, all original colour, some minor paint loss to the red background.


£25-30

Bid: £15
Bidder No. 6

10.

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Guardian Fire & Life Assurance. Tin. B797. A mint example of this later mark issued for overseas and business use. PLUS. Reliant Marine Insurance Co. Tin. B967. A mint example of this later company mark, formed in 1881 and later allied to the Guardian. (2)


£10-15

Bid: £10
Bidder No. 18

11.

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Royal Exchange Assurance. Lead. W10E. Policy No. 86364. A very good example of this early variant issued in 1783, some original gilding and red background colour remains, no flattening to the Exchange.


£90-100

Bid: £80
Bidder No. 2

12.

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Westminster Fire Office. Lead. W5C(iii). Policy No. 50719. A very good example of this mark issued in 1798, some original gilding and enlarged nail holes.


£100-120

Bid: £120
Bidder No. 8

13.

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Royal Exchange Assurance. Lead. W10J. Policy No. 217681. A very good example of this last issue lead mark with the policy numbers stamped, issued in 1805 to Wm Cornish. Hill Farm. Crediton. Devon, no surface damage or flattening to the Exchange. PLUS. Royal Exchange Assurance. Lead. W10K. A very good example of the last mark issued in 1810, no surface damage or original colour. (2)


£60-70

Bid: £40
Bidder No. 6

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Royal Exchange Assurance. Lead. W10K. A very good example of this last variant to be issued in 1810, most original background colour and gilding, no nail holes, so possibly unissued, a rare find in this condition, some minor stress fractures at the rear.


£25-30

Bid: £20
Bidder No. 4

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Brandenburg Feuersozietat der Provinz. Enamel. B1336. A good example of this brightly coloured German enamelled mark from a company formed in 1719, some loss of enamel to the corners and edge.


£10-15

Bid: £10
Bidder No. 4

16.

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London Assurance. Tin.W9I. A near mint example of the last mark issued by the company, primarily for overseas and business use, probably dating from the early 20th century, no surface damage.


£20-25

Bid: £20
Bidder No. 18

17.

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Atlas Assurance Co. Copper W50A. An excellent example of this single-issue mark, although a tin variant was later used for overseas business, all original colour with no surface damage, possibly never issued due to lack of substantial nail holes.


£50-60

Bid: £75
Bidder No. 10

18.

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West of England Fire Insurance Co. Copper. W48B. A very good example of this variant of seven issued by this company all showing an image of King Alfred, no original colour, no flattening to the King, although based in Exeter it still managed to run a fire brigade in London in 1828 and be part of Braidwood’s London Fire Engine Establishment (LFEE).


£50-60

Bid: £40
Bidder No. 15

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Queen Insurance Co. Copper. W99A. A very good example of the first issue of five marks from this fledgling Liverpool company, some original red background colour but most covered in Verdigris, no surface damage or tears at the nail holes.


£40-50

Bid: £30
Bidder No. 24

20.

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British Fire Office. Copper. W30E. A good example of this variant of six, no original colour or flattening to the lion, some nail hole damage. PLUS. County Fire Office. Copper. W45B. A very good example of this second issue mark, most original colour and gilding, no flattening to Britannia. (2)


£50-60

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21.

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Herts and Cambridge Fire Office. Copper. W68A. A good example of this difficult to find mark dating from the 1830s from a company that has few if any policy holders and formed by a breakaway group of directors from a neighbouring company in Hertford, eventually both were taken over by the Phoenix after only seven years in business.


£70-80

Bid: £90
Bidder No. 7

22.

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Imperial Fire Insurance Co. Copper. W40E. A good example of the fifth of eight variants, no original colour, some house paint and Verdigris. PLUS. County Fire Office. Copper W45B. A good example of this second issue mark, some original colour and gilding, no flattening to Britannia. (2)


£40-50

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West of England Fire Insurance Co. Copper W48G. A good example of a variant of one of seven marks issued by this company all showing an image of King Alfred in profile, some original gilding, no flattening to the King, although based in Exeter it still managed to run a fire brigade in London in 1828 and be part of Braidwood’s LFEE.


£50-60

Bid: £85
Bidder No. 20

24.

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Union Fire Office. Copper. W4E. A good example of this early company’ s mark issued in 1835, no flattening to the hands with some original gilding.


£40-50

Bid: £55
Bidder No. 20

25.

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Norwich Union Fire Insurance Soc. Copper. W29O. PLUS. Norwich Union Fire Insurance Soc. Copper. W29P. Two good examples of the company’ s later variants, no surface damage and some original background colour. (2)


£40-50

Bid: £30
Bidder No. 4

26.

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Northern Assurance Co. Copper. W88A. A good example of this Scottish mark still showing some gilding to the shield, some minor fraying at the edges. PLUS. Royal Insurance Co. Copper. W95B. A good example of this mark from the Liverpool company formed in 1845 and still in business today, no original colour and some fraying at the RHS edges. (2)


£40-50

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Protector Fire Insurance Co. Copper. W80A. A very good example of this short-lived company’s mark, (ten years) before being taken over by the Phoenix and only one of two to show a fireman in action, designed by R Smirke R.A. no original colour or surface damage.


£40-50

Bid: £35
Bidder No. 4

28.

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Phoenix Assurance Co. Tin. B687. An excellent example of this later mark issued mainly for overseas and promotional use, all original lithograph colour with some minor scuffing to the raised parts.


£40-50

Bid: £40
Bidder No. 24

29.

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District Fire Office. Copper. W83A. A good example of the first of five marks issued by this Birmingham company, no original colour, some pin hole material wear. PLUS. Farmers & General Fire & Life Ins. Copper. W92B. A fair example of the second of two marks issued by this mainly agricultural company, repainted in original colours, LHS scroll missing, one of its honorary directors was the Duke of Rutland the forerunner of our past president who was himself a prolific fire mark collector. (2)


£40-50

Bid: £30
Bidder No. 6

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Leicester Fire Office. Tin. W84A. A fair example of this relatively rare mark due to its material, some fraying at the edges and surface rust, the company only lasted nine years (1834-43), before being taken over by the Sun, during its short life it still managed to maintain two fire engines and thirty firemen in full uniforms and equipment and managed to pay them £3.12 shillings retainer. PLUS. Notts & Derby Fire & Life Assurance Co. Zinc. W87E. A good example of this mark, no original colour and missing the end tip of the garter. (2)


£40-50

Bid: £55
Bidder No. 19

31.

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Fire Association of Philadelphia. Cast Iron. B86, issued in the 1840s. A good example of this early American mark. PLUS. St Paul Fire & Marine. Tin. A variant of B375. An excellent example of this mark from a company founded in 1865 with no colour. (2)


£20-30

Bid: £20
Bidder No. 4

32.

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Royal Exchange Assurance. Lead. W10D. Policy No.45904, issued in the 1760s. A good example of this early variant, no original colour, no damage to the exchange, crown intact but slightly tilted.


£90-100

Bid: £95
Bidder No. 8

33.

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Dublin Insurance Co. Lead. W21A. Policy No.3242. A good example of this rare Irish mark, probably issued in the late 1700s, some original colour to the castles, top LHS of the bow missing, small fatigue fissure in middle of panel.


£250-300

Bid: £330
Bidder No. 8

34.

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Newcastle Upon Tyne Fire Office. Lead. W24B. Policy No.6562. A very good example of this lead mark, no original colour or damage to the surface of the convex castles, probably issued in the early 1800s.


£120-140

Bid: £110
Bidder No. 18

35.

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Royal Exchange Assurance. Lead. W10D. Policy No.74621. A good example of this early variant issued in 1787, no original colour, tip of crown missing.


£90-100

Bid: £50
Bidder No. 25

36.

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Royal Exchange Assurance. Lead. W10J. Policy No.180342, issued in 1801. A good example of this last impressed policy numbered mark, no original colour, three clean nail holes.


£40-50

Bid: £30
Bidder No. 25

37.

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Sun Fire Office. Lead. W3C.Policy No. 640864, issued in 1795. A good example of this company mark, no surface damage some flattening to the sun’s face, issued in 1787.


£60-90

Bid: £60
Bidder No. 1

38.

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Royal Exchange Assurance. Lead. W10E. Policy No.105051, issued in 1787. A good example of this convex variant, no original colour, no flattening to the exchange, top RHS edge of the crown missing.


£90-100

Bid: £40
Bidder No. 6

39.

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Bath Sun Fire Office Copper. W16A. A very good example of this copper variant that was issued after the Lead impressed policy numbers were discontinued, no original colour although some gilding is evident in the recesses.


£50-60

Bid: £35
Bidder No. 4

40
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Central Insurance Co. Tin. B1002. A good example of this late 19th century mark, no original colour or flattening to the flaming beacon. PLUS. Imperial Fire Insurance Co. Copper. W40E. A good example of the fifth of eight variants, no original colour, some gilding on the panel and crown. (2)


£40-50

Bid: £35
Bidder No. 23

41.

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Essex & Suffolk Equitable Insurance Soc. Tin. B732. A poor example of this later Essex mark, some original lithographed colour heavily covered in surface rust. PLUS. Essex Economic Fire Office. Copper. W66B. A fair example of this company mark based in Chelmsford and showing little if any business, some repairs to several stress fractures. (2)


£40-50

Bid: £55
Bidder No. 5

42.
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Salop Fire Office. Copper. W20B. A fair example of this only copper mark issued by the company in 1826, after issuing nearly 13,000 impressed lead marks, no blue background colour but most gilding to the panel and leopards heads remain, some stress fractures to the heads. PLUS. Guardian Fire & Life Assurance. Copper. W57B. A good example of this repainted mark, no flattening to Athene. (2)


£40-50

Bid: £30
Bidder No. 8

43.

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Phoenix Assurance Co. Copper. W23J(i). A good example of this later company mark from a list of eleven variants, no background colour but most gilding is visible on the panel and the Phoenix, spear tip missing. PLUS. Patriotic. Tin. B847. A good example of this later variant primarily for oversees and business use as noted in Wright, all original lithographed colour, some surface scuffing. (2)


£40-50

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44.

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National Union Fire Office. Tin. B989. A very good example of the last of three marks issued by the company, all original colour, some minor paint loss to the red background. PLUS. British Fire Office. Copper. W30C A good example of this variant of six, repainted original colour no flattening to the lion. (2)


£40-50

Bid: £35
Bidder No. 24

45.

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Caledonian Insurance Co. Tin. B758. PLUS. Caledonian Insurance Co. Enamelled. Both these marks retained similarities to W43 A-C, and were later variants used primarily for overseas business. (2)


£60-70

Bid: £55
Bidder No. 24

46.

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The British Fire Mark 1680-1879 by Brian Wright. A good example of this book first published in 1982 containing 482 pages of British fire mark information and forwarded by the then circle President the Duke of Rutland.


£15-20

Bid: £10
Bidder No. 1

47.

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Footprints of Assurance by Alwin Bulau. A good copy of this book published in America in 1953 and containing over 300 pages of world fire marks, a must for the serious collector.


£10-15

Bid: £10
Bidder No. 1

48.

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Liverpool & London & Globe Insurance Co. Brass Agency Plate, measuring 36 x 23 cms and dating from the 1860, in clean undamaged condition.


£15-20

Bid: £30
Bidder No. 24

49.

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Car & General Insurance Corp. Ltd. Tin Perpetual calendar. 23cm x 33cm. An excellent example of this early office calendar showing the coloured lithographed design of the company logo with the changeable numbers and months.


£30-40

Bid: £60
Bidder No. 11

50.

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Leather Fire bucket, with swing handle, no cracks or splits to the leather dating from the early 1800s.


£40-50

Bid: £85
Bidder No. 11


Note: A (2) at the end of a description indicates
that there are two items in the lot.

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