The Fire Mark Circle

Fire Mark Circle

Postal Auction Catalogue: July 2019


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Lot No.Description.
Price Realised.
Photo.
1.

Birmingham Fire Office. Copper. W42C. A good example of this variant still retaining its original gilding, no flattening to the fireman or pump, one of two marks to show a fireman and manual pump.

£50
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2.

British Fire Office. Copper. W30D. A very good example of this first copper variant still showing its original gilding and some background colour, no flattening to the lion or damage at the nail holes.

£55
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3.

Wiltshire & Western Assurance Society. Copper. W26B. A very good example of this first copper variant, no evidence of the painted policy number, no flattening or damage to the edges or nail holes, top ribbon intact and some evidence of original colour in the recessed parts.

£170
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4.

Queen Insurance Company. Copper. W99A. A very good example of the first issue of five variants, some original colour, no flattening or damage to the edges or nail holes.

£95
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5.

Westminster Insurance Office. Lead. W5B. Policy No 36513. An excellent example for this early mark issued in 1761still showing some original gilding under house paint, no surface damage and clean nail holes, with the traditional one in the centre of the panel, a must for the serious collector.

£230
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6.

Alliance British & Foreign Fire & Life Insurance Co. Copper. W63A. An excellent example of this first issue mark, some original gilding on the castle that still retains its prominent convex shape, one not to be missed.
£75
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7.
Scottish Union Insurance Company. Copper. W75A. An excellent example of the first of four variants, issued at the beginning of the companyís business in Edinburgh, no original colour or surface damage or flattening to the lion rampant.
£110
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8.

Yorkshire Fire & Life Insurance Company. Copper. W77B. A good example of this second variant, no original colour but some gilding on the Cathedral, no flattening and clean nail holes.

£45
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9.

Hertfordshire and Cambridge Fire Office. Copper. W68A. A very good example of this single issue mark from a company that seems not to have any business recorded, but long enough to issue a fire marks before being taken over by the Phoenix in 1831, partly repainted in original colours.

£195
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10.

Yorkshire Fire & Life Insurance Company. Tin. B858. A very good example of this later variant, still showing its original lithographed colours on the arms of York, primarily used for foreign and colonial business.

£80
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11.

Caledonian Insurance Company. Enamel. A43A(vi)-E. Similar to W43D. A mint example of this later variant primarily used for overseas and promotional use.

£40
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12.

Insurance Company of Scotland. Copper. W58A. A good example of this single issue mark from a Scottish company that was only in business for 27 years before it passed to the Alliance, some original colour and gilding, some repairs to the sceptre and mace.

£70
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13.
Northern Assurance Company. Copper. W88A. A very good example of this Scottish mark from Aberdeen still retaining its original colour and gilding, slight scuffing to the raised parts.
£65
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14.

Hand in Hand Fire Office. Lead. W2C(i). Policy No 103516. An excellent example of this variant issued in 1820, some original gilding in the recessed parts, no surface damage.

£160
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15.

West of England Fire Insurance Company. Copper. W48C. A very good example of this third of seven variants still showing some original dulled colour, no damage to the edges or nail holes or flattening to Alfred.

95
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16.
Sun Fire Office. Lead. W3A(i). Policy No. 8574 issued in 1717. An excellent example of this early mark, made by Julia and Ann Bagley, who took over the business from their father. No surface damage to the Sunís face, with three clean nail holes, some varnishing and overpainting.
£420
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17.
Phoenix Assurance Company. Copper. W23J(i). A near mint example of this later variant still retaining its original colour and gilding and spear tip, it is seldom that we see such a mark in this condition.
£220
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18.

County Fire Office. Copper. W45F. A very good example of this last variant, still retaining some its original colour and gilding, some retouching.

£25
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19.
Legal Insurance Company. Tin. B1013/A172A(ii)-TI. A mint example of this early 20th cent mark still retaining all its original colour.
£80
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20.

Lumbermenís Insurance Company Philadelphia. Cast Iron. B442. A good example of this American iron mark from the middle of the 19th cent, no original colour, some surface rust, a good starter mark for an American collection.

£40
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21.

Phoenix Assurance Company. Copper. W23G. Policy No 352780. An excellent example of this painted number variant issued in 1800, no original colour, covered in Verdigris, spear tip repaired.

£50
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22.

Warden Insurance Company. Tin. A125A-TI/not in Bulau. A near mint copy of this seldom seen late 19th cent company mark (1875-1935), that was primarily used for overseas and promotional business.

£35
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23.

Compagnie Royal (France) Tin. B1261. An excellent example of this rare French mark, still retaining its original lithograph colours, some slight surface scuffing.

£170
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