Fire Mark, Philadelphia Contributionship Issue of 1774, RARE

Fire Mark, Philadelphia Contributionship Issue of 1774, RARE, Image 1

The Philadelphia Contributionship for the Insurance of Houses from Loss by Fire is the oldest property insurance company in the United States. It was organized by Benjamin Franklin in 1752; incorporated in 1768.

Four clasped hands, thumb up, representing the community helping each other.

An old label states that this plaque was removed from 322 Delancey Street, Philadelphia.

Date: 1774

Measurement: 15.5" by 10.5" by 2"

Material: Lead casting, pine backboard

Condition: Original pine backboard, condition consistent with age and use, wood and nail losses as depicted; typical trivial chips, and repaired shrinkage cracks.

Reference: Bulau, "Footprints of Assurance", pages 26 and 27, number 8; see, "American Fire marks, The Insurance Company of North America Collection", 1933, p. 20.


SKU: 505-172

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