The Fire Mark Circle

Fire Mark Circle

Postal Auction Catalogue: January 2017


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Lot No.Description.
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1.
Salop Fire Office. Lead. W20A. Policy No. 201, issued in 1780 during the initial year of the company doing business, an excellent example of this early mark and one of the earliest recorded by this company, only two earlier specimens are in museums, no original colour or damage to the surface of the mark. (£120-£150) £270
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2.
Norwich General Fire Insurance Soc. Lead. W28A. Policy No 6444, issued in the 1790s, an excellent example of this sought after mark, no original colour or other surface damage. (£180-£200) £180
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3.
Westminster Insurance Office. Lead. W5B. Policy No 14134, issued in 1729, a very good example of this sought after mark, one of the earliest to come to auction for some time, no original colour or surface damage, RHS portcullis ring missing. (£200-£300) £200
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4.
Hand in Hand Fire Office. Lead. W2A. Policy No 80194, issued in1761. An excellent example of this early mark, no original colour or other damage, small nail holes. (£250-£300) £270
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5.
Hand in Hand Fire Office. Lead. W2A2(Ci) Policy No 106073, issued in1761. An excellent example of this variant, no original colour or other damage, some flaking house paint. (£200-£250) £200
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6.
Protector Fire Insurance Co. Copper. W80A, an excellent example of this mark still retaining some original colour, no flattening to the surface or tearing at the nail holes, only one of two marks that show a fireman fighting a fire on its mark, the design being produced by R Smirke R. A. (£120-£150) £330
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7.
South British Insurance Co. Copper B1584, a very good example of this New Zealand Company’s mark, one of four variants issued by them in the 1870s, still retains its original gilding, several slight stress fractures to the edge. (£50-£80) £190
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8.
Insurance Co of Scotland. Copper. W58A. A very good example of this single issue much sought after mark from an Edinburgh company that was only in business for 20 years, some original colour by mostly retouching. (£150-£180) £150
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9.
National Insurance Co of Ireland. Tin. B803. A very good example of this Irish mark based in Dublin in the early 1800s, all original colour showing some aging patina. (£50-£80) £140
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10.
National Insurance Co of Ireland. Tin. B804. A very good example of this lithographed Irish mark based in Dublin, the last of three variants, all original colours showing some aging patina. (£50-£80) £170
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11.
Liverpool & London & Globe Insurance Co. Tin. B945. A good example of this tin mark showing the Chinese script on the attached panel, full dulled original with minor surface rust on the back. PLUS. County Fire Office. Copper. W45F. An excellent example of this last issue variant in 1875, full original colour and gilding, some slight scuffing to the raised parts.(£60-£80) £120
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12.
Commercial Union Assurance. Tin. W100A. A good example of this only variant issued by the company in the mid-1800s primary for overseas business, full original colour with minor scuffing to the raised parts. (£25-£35) £60
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13.
Far Eastern Insurance. Tin. B1170. A good example of this small circular mark from Shanghai, all original colour with some surface scuffs. (£30-£50) £120
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14.
Lion Fire Insurance Co. Copper. W114A. A very good example of this much sought after short lived Anglo-French company’s single issue mark, still retaining its original colour and patina, some paint loss to the red background. £200-£250) £380
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15.
Guardian Fire & Life Assurance Co. Tin. A57G(ii)-TI. An excellent example of this rarely if ever seen small colourful rectangular lithographed mark, with the image of Athena integral to the mark. Primarily used for the Spanish market with its base in Barcelona, no damage or surface rust. (£130-£150) £150
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16.
Norwich Union Fire Insurance Soc. Copper. W29C. A very good example of this third variant, still retaining some original gilding, no flattening to the raised parts or damage to the nail holes. (£50-£60) £60
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17.
Caledonian Insurance Co. Copper. W43C. A very good example of this Scottish mark still retaining some of its original colour, the mark is similar to variants A & B apart from the serifs. (£80-£100) £140
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18.
Hong Kong Insurance Co. Copper. B1156. A very good example of this small circular far eastern mark (8”dia) oddly enough showing two fireman pumping a manual pump, one wearing a British helmet, the company dates from the 1860s, all colour and gilding remaining. (£50-£70) £140
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19.
West of England Insurance Co. Copper. W48B. A very good example of this second variant still retaining most of its original colour and gilding, no surface damage or flattening to Alfred, one enlarged nail hole. (£80-£100) £150
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20.
Union Fire Office. Copper. W4E. An excellent example of this fourth variant still showing its original colour and gilding, no flatting to the hands, some scuffing to the raised parts. (£80-£100) £130
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21.
North British & Mercantile Insurance Co. Copper. W102A. A good example of this first variant from an amalgamated company after the Tooley St fire in 1861when the North British sustained considerable losses, no original colour and some fraying at the edges. (£50-£60) £120
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22.
Palladium Life & Fire Assurance Co. Copper. W72A. A very good example of this single issue mark from this short lived company, later to be merged with the Phoenix, no original colour, no flattening to Athene or other surface damage. (£70-£80) £140
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23.
British Fire Office. Copper. W30E. A very good example of this later variant still retaining most of it gilding although no background colour, no flattening to the lion or other damage. (£40-£50) £110
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End of Fire Marks.

The following 7 lots are Arm Badges,
all still retain their suspension loops.

24.
Sun Fire Office George 111 Silver-Gilt Fireman’s Arm Badge. No7 by Hester Bateman, dated 1765 London. 7” high. 10oz. (£1800-£2000) £1800
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25.
Law Union & Crown Insurance Company Messengers badge. 1825, in white metal. 5” high. 2.5oz (£300-£400) £300
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26.
London Assurance George 111 Silver Fireman’s Arm Badge. No 20 by David and Robert Hennell dated 1801 London.7” high.5.8oz. (£800-£1300) Not Sold
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27.
Set of four Modern Silver London Assurance Badges, embossed by HP LP dated 1967 5” high.12.3oz overall. (£150-£200) £170
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28.
Guardian Assurance Company Silver Fireman’s arm Badge, unnumbered by CBG Ltd London 1922, 4” high, 4.4oz. (£80-£100) Not Sold
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29.
Royal Exchange Assurance George 111 Silver Fireman’s Arm Badge No 32 by Eames & Barnard London Dated 1823. 6” high. 293gms, slight scratch to RHS. (£600-£800) £600
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30.
Royal Exchange Assurance George 111 Silver Fireman’s Arm Badge No 11 by Eames & Barnard London dated 1823. 6” high 293gms. Contained in glazed case with plaque describing its presentation to the RE in 1932 from the descendants of an 1885 director. (£800-£1000) £800
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End of Sale

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