Hand-in-Hand Fire Office 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.

Description (Brief)

The Hand-in-Hand Fire Office of London, England issued this lead fire mark around 1832. The mark consists of two clasped hands shaking underneath a crown. The strip of metal underneath the hands is inscribed with the policy number “103769.” The Hand-in-Hand Fire Office operated from 1696 until 1905, when it was acquired by the Commercial Union.

Date Made: ca 1832

Location: Currently not on view

Place Made: United Kingdom: England

Classified: Fire FightingSubject: Insurance


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Exhibition Location:

Credit Line: Gift of CIGNA Museum and Art Collection

Data Source: National Museum of American History

Id Number: 2005.0233.0562Accession Number: 2005.0233Catalog Number: 2005.0233.0562

Object Name: fire mark

Physical Description: lead (overall material)Measurements: overall: 7 3/4 in x 1/2 in; 19.685 cm x 1.27 cm

Guid: http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ng49ca746ac-31bd-704b-e053-15f76fa0b4fa

Record Id: nmah_1343186

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