Kent Insurance Company Copper Fire Mark c1825
Heading : Kent Insurance Company painted Copper fire mark c1825
Date : c1825
Period : Victoria
Origin : Kent, England
Decoration : Some original paint and gilding
Size : 21cm high 17cm wide
Condition : Losses to paint & gilding
Restoration : None
Weight : 90g
Before the advent of a national fire service, insurance companies retained their own fire fighting crews and installed plaques onto insured properties to guide their fire crew to the correct building (as if smoke and flames weren't enough!). Originally cast from lead, which has a low melting point, the plaques were replaced in the nineteenth century by pressed copper versions.
Pressed from one sheet of copper, the high relief horse almost leaps out at you. After 1838 the word Invicta was added above the horses head on a small plate at the top of the hexagon.
The original patinated condition make this not only a highly collectable example, but a very attractive piece of wall art for any Kentish home or indeed our emporium on ground floor of the Corn Exchange, The Lower Pantiles, Royal Tunbridge Wells. This assumes that we position it carefully on the part of the building which is in Kent - as the county boundary with Sussex runs straight through our premises. Be mindful that the relocation of the Kent & Sussex 'borders' in 1894 only affected administrative areas and not the perimeters of the Historic Counties. The Office of National Statistics have subsequently confirmed that Historic County boundaries should be regarded as - ideally - preferential for determining location over these later, purely administrative and somewhat arbitrary deliniations, especially for those who are mindful to acknowledge tradition and heritage, such as ourselves.
- Product Code: 21052503
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