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.
Two charmingly grotesque stoneware birds may very well commander the top roost in the March 8 Fine & Decorative Arts Auction at Morphy Auctions.
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.