By Robert M. Shea, CPCU, Fire Mark Circle of the Americas Without a great deal of experience, purchasing an authentic cast iron fire mark is a daunting task. The following points and hints may be used to examine fire marks in your collection or to evaluate whether an offered mark is genuine....
Did you know at one point in the mid-19th century there were more than 40,000 Fire Association fire marks in Philadelphia? That's just one fascinating fact about fire marks you'll walk away with upon reviewing this fifth of sixth installments in the "De-Mystifying Fire Marks" series.
Did you know the first insurance company to issue a fire mark did so in 1752, and the company — The Philadelphia Contributionship — was founded by Ben Franklin? Learn more about fire marks and today's interest by collectors.
By their very nature volunteer fire departments were organized around protecting people and property, without a second thought about whether the property ablaze had an insurer’s fire mark. However, it’s long been the focus of myth that some are working to end.
Deciphering truth from the tales surrounding fire marks (the metal badges that identified various fire departments or brigades) can be tricky, until now. Robert M. Shea and the Fire Mark Circle of the Americas take you inside the truth.