Insurance Company of Florida Fire Mark

Description (Brief)
Beginning in the 1750s, some American insurance companies issued metal fire marks to policyholders to signify that their property was insured against fire damage. The fire marks bore the name and/or symbol of the insurer, and some included the customer’s policy number. The company or agent would then affix the mark to the policyholder’s home or business. For owners the mark served as proof of insurance and a deterrent against arson. For insurance companies the mark served as a form of advertising, and alerted volunteer firefighters that the property was insured.
The Insurance Company of Florida of Jacksonville, Florida issued this fire mark in 1841. The Insurance Company of Florida lasted only a few years. The wooden initials “IF” are affixed to a shield-shaped wooden backing.
Location
Currently not on view
Object Name
fire mark
date made
1841
maker
unknown
Physical Description
wood (overall material)
metal (overall material)
Measurements
overall: 12 5/8 in x 13 1/4 in; 32.0675 cm x 33.655 cm
ID Number
2005.0233.0380
accession number
2005.0233
catalog number
2005.0233.0380
subject
Fire Fighting
Advertising
Work
Cultures & Communities
Firefighting Collection
Fire Marks
Insurance
See more items in
Home and Community Life: Fire Fighting and Law Enforcement
Firefighting Collection
Fire Marks
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
Credit Line
Gift of CIGNA Museum and Art Collection

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