Collection of Polychrome Metal Fire Insurance Marks, 18th & 19th Century, fire insurance marks are metal plaques marked with the emblem of the insurance company which were affixed to the front of insured buildings as a guide to the insurance company’s fire brigade.
They showed that the building to which they were affixed was insured against fire—and that if the building caught on fire, a private fire brigade would come to attempt to put it out.
Twenty-four of thirty illustrated. Baltimore Equitable Society -1794, 1868 Issue of the Fire Ass’n of Philadelphia, Hope Mutual Insurance Co. of Philadelphia – 1854, 1st Issue of United Fireman’s Insurance Co. – 1860, Royal Exchange – 1720, Invicta Kenti, La Centrole – 1863, La Mutuelle A.M. De Valence, Phenox, Gardian, Royal, Lancashire, County, Hartford County Mutual Fire Insurance Co.– 1831, National of Hartford, Hamburg-Bremen Fire Ins. Co., La Centrale Fondee en 1863, La Fraternelle – Parisienne 1837, Aetna of Hartford.
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