Today we are happy to offer for sale a wonderful and rare, antique 18th century English Sun Fire lead insurance plaque!
Fire insurance marks are metal plaques marked with the emblem of the insurance company which were affixed to the front of insured buildings as a guide to the insurance company’s fire brigade. These identification marks were used in the eighteenth and nineteenth century in the days before municipal fire services were formed. The UK marks are called ‘Fire insurance plaques’.
The first to use the mark was the Sun Fire Office which was established in 1710. Some period specimens remain on historical buildings in the older areas of Britain’s and America’s cities and larger towns. Cast metal plaques were made of iron, lead, or sometimes brass. Embossed sheet metal signs were also made, as well as flat enamel signs – the latter mostly in Continental Europe in the later 19th century.
This rare antique sign was crafted for the Sun Fire insurance company (founded in 1710 and still in business – now known as RSA Insurance Group). The piece is crafted of molded lead and features the high-relief face of the sun god, with the building numbers 72, 71, 78 below. The plaque has a wonderful, time-earned patina. Piece presents beautifully and is in good antique condition, with minor wear, oxidation, and patina commensurate with age. This rare Sun Fire sign will make a great addition to any antique fire insurance plaque collection…Fresh to the market!
Dimensions: 6-5/8″ in height, 6-3/8″ in width, 1/2″ in depth
NOTE: Shipping cost includes full insurance. We do not mark up shipping.