Vintage Miniaturized Associated Fireman's Insurance Company of Baltimore
Vintage Miniaturized Associated Fireman's Insurance Company of Baltimore

Vintage Miniaturized Associated Fireman's Insurance Company of Baltimore

Your Price: $35.00
Part Number: FireMarkManWithHorn
Availability: In Stock 1
* Made in USA
This hard to find a miniature fire mark was made of cast iron in the USA. It was hand painted. It is a collectors miniature version of the original mark issued by The Associated Fireman's Insurance Company of Baltimore, Maryland

This insurance company was founded in 1848. It was operated from 1847 through 1899. It was eventually absorbed by the Fidelity Insurance Company of Baltimore.

The image is of a fireman rushing to a fire - blowing a trumpet and holding a burning brand.

Beginning back in the mid 18th century, some American insurance companies issued such a fire mark for the insured to display on the front of their building, be it a house or a business. This proof of insurance not only indicated that policyholder was insured against loss by fire. It also served as a sort of advertisement for the insurance companies. Additionally, they found it likely to deter arson.

The original marks were much larger than this so that they could be easily seen from the street. Each insurance company was represented by a distinct symbol.

Our miniature is vintage and very hard to find. It, too, is made of cast iron, making it quite substantial and heavy (almost 5 ounces). It is backed with felt and features a small hole at the top for mounting as you please. (Some of the felt has been worn off over time.)

It measures 2-3/4 inches high by 1-7/8 inches wide. It's depth is a little over 1/4 inch, allowing the raised image to resemble the original. Hand painted accents are just like the originals - making this even more attractive to the firematic collector.

Measurements:
height - 2-3/4 inches
width -1-7/8 inches
depth - a bit over 1/4 inch

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