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.

Description (Brief)

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.

Date Made: ca 1778

Location: Currently not on view

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: 2005.0233.0564Accession Number: 2005.0233Catalog Number: 2005.0233.0564

Object Name: fire mark

Physical Description: lead (overall material)Measurements: overall: 7 1/2 in x 9 in; 19.05 cm x 22.86 cm


Record Id: nmah_1343198

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