Vintage Miniaturized Philadelphia Contributionship Insurance Company Fire Mark
Vintage Miniaturized Philadelphia Contributionship Insurance Company Fire Mark

Vintage Miniaturized Philadelphia Contributionship Insurance Company Fire Mark

Your Price: $35.00
Part Number: FireMarkVintageHands1752
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* Made in USA
* Only One (1)
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 Philadelphia Contributionship Insurance Company.

This insurance company was founded in 1752 by a group of citizens - including Benjamin Franklin.

100 of these full size fire marks from John Stow, the man who recast the Liberty Bell in 1753.

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.

This one being a image of 4 holding each other has become a sign of brotherhood. The four hands have been know to represent: volunteer, support, charity, and donation. Although, we're not so sure about the charity part back in the time when the design was first used. The image is raised and painted in a golden image against a flat black back.


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 - as you can see in the photo.

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 of the four consolidated hands and the year of 1752 - just like the originals - make this even more attractive to the firematic collector.

Measurements:
  • height - 2-3/4 inches
  • width - 1-7/8 inches
  • depth - 1/4 inch

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