Royal Exchange Assurance Fire Mark

Description (Brief)
Beginning in the late 17th century, English insurance companies maintained private fire brigades that were paid to respond to fires at properties they insured. Properties were identified by leaden badges (fire marks) bearing a insurance company’s emblem and often stamped with the customer’s policy number.
The Royal Exchange Assurance of London, England issued this lead fire mark around 1778. The fire mark features an oval upper section that is engraved with an image of the Royal Exchange building in London, but is missing its open crown at the top. There is a section under the oval that is inscribed with the policy number “72968.” The Royal Exchange Assurance was founded in 1720 and operated until 1968 when it was merged with the Guardian Assurance Company to create the Guardian Royal Exchange Assurance.
Location
Currently not on view
Object Name
fire mark
date made
ca 1778
Physical Description
lead (overall material)
Measurements
overall: 7 1/2 in x 9 in; 19.05 cm x 22.86 cm
ID Number
2005.0233.0564
accession number
2005.0233
catalog number
2005.0233.0564
subject
Fire Fighting
Insurance
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Home and Community Life: Fire Fighting and Law Enforcement
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Fire Marks
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center

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