The Fire Mark Circle

Fire Mark Circle

Postal Auction Catalogue: July 2018


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Lot No.Description.
Price Realised.
Photo.
1.
Wiltshire & Western Assurance Soc. Copper. W26B. Policy No 4537 A very good example of this second variant, no original colour, some gilding and a clear policy number and lettering on top ribbon, issued early 1800s.
£300
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2.
Atlas Assurance Company. Copper. W50A. A good example of this single-issue copper mark from the early 1800s, no original colour or flattening to the globe, some minor damage at the nail holes.
£30
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3.

Phoenix Assurance Company. Copper. W23J. A good example of this copper variant, no original colour or flattening to the phoenix, the spear tip is missing. PLUS another Phoenix Ass Co. Copper W23K with the fixing lugs missing, some original colour, issued in 1865, the last mark to be issued by the company.

£30
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4.
British Fire Office. Copper. W30E. A good example of this later variant issued in about 1830, some original colour and gilding, no flattening to the lion, clean edges and nail holes.
£45
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5.
Sun Fire Office. Lead. W3C. Policy number 453336 issued 1781. A very good example of this third variant, no original colour or surface damage, clean nail holes.
£75
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6.

Hertfordshire & Cambridge Fire Office. Copper. W68A. An excellent example of this single-issue mark from a company that seems not to have had any business recorded, but long enough to issue a fire mark before being taken over by the Phoenix in 1831. All original bright colour remaining a rare find in this condition, mounted and glazed in a professional frame as shown.

£310
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7.
British Fire Office. Copper. W30E. A good example of this later variant issued in about 1830, some original colour and gilding no flattening to the lion, clean edges and nail holes.
£30
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8.

Hand in Hand Fire Office. Lead W2B. Policy No 93988 issued in 1780. An excellent example of this second variant, no surface damage and clean nail holes, mounted and glazed in a professional frame as shown.

£250
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9.
King Insurance Co. Tin, B999. A very good example of this rare 20th century mark from this short lived company (1901-15) all original colour with some loss at the top edge.
£290
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10.
County Fire Office. Copper. W45B. TWO very good examples of this second variant issued in 1837, some original colour and gilding, no flattening to Britannia.
£30
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11.
Imperial Fire Insurance Company. Copper. W43E. A very good example of this variant, some original gilding no damage to the edges.
£55
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12.
Yorkshire Fire & Life Insurance Co. Copper. W77B. A very good example of this second variant issued in the 1850s, no original colour or gilding with clean nail holes.
£50
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13.
Farmers & General Fire & Life Assurance Inst. Zinc. W92B. A very good example of this second of two variants issued by the company in the 1840s, no original colour, no flattening and clean nail holes, surprising condition for a zinc mark.
£45
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14.
Licensed Victuallers. Copper. W46A. An excellent example of this rarely seen mark from a little known company whose business was mainly with the Armed Forces of the day and the East India Company, all original bright colour and gilding, no surface damage, small part of the acanthus leaf on the garter missing, mounted and glazed in a professional frame.
£210
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15.
Norwich General Fire Insurance Soc. Copper. W28D. Policy No 15078. A very good example of the last mark issued by the company before being taken over by the Norwich Union, no original colour, some gilding and a clear gilded policy number, a mark not seen for some time in this condition.
£150
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16.
Guardian Fire & Life Assurance Co. Copper. W57B. A very good example of the second variant, some original colour in the recessed parts, no flattening to Athene.
£25
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17.
Notts & Derby Fire & Life Assurance Co. Zinc. W87E. A good example of this variant missing its garter tab, no original colour, some fraying at the edges.
£40
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18.

Essex & Suffolk Equitable Insurance. Tin. B732/A35B-TI. An excellent example of this rarely seen circular lithographed mark still retaining its original colours, it was the last variant of the Essex Equitable Insurance Soc.1802-1911 and was primarily for overseas use, some slight scuffing to the surface.

£150
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19.
Caledonian Insurance Co. Enamelled iron. Similar to W43A & A43A(vi)-E. An excellent example of this later variant, primarily for overseas and promotional use.
£70
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20.

Norwich Union Fire Insurance Soc. Tin. W29J. A good example of this tin variant repainted in original colours, some surface rusting on the back and fraying at the corners. PLUS another Norwich Union Fire Insurance Soc. Tin. W29N. A good example of this tin variant repainted in original colours, some surface rusting on the back and fraying at the corners.

£60
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21.

Royal Exchange Assurance. Lead. W10B. Policy No 1433, issued 1721-24. An excellent example of this very desirable early lead mark, commonly known as the Mickey Mouse, examples are rarely seen at our auctions with the last one four years ago going for nearly 4K, no surface damage, some house paint and render on the back edges and the absence of nail holes suggests evidence of the mark being clipped in place rather than nailed, a common feature in early marks, a must for the serious collector and one of the earliest marks on record, interestingly the previously numbered mark 1432 is recorded as being in a museum.

£2020
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22.
Phoenix Assurance Company. Copper. W23G. A good example of this last copper painted policy number variant, no original colour no flattening to the Phoenix, and some of the policy number showing under house paint, top of spear tip missing, issued in the early 1800s.
£25
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