A Brief Introduction To
Insurance Company Fire Marks

Fire Marks are plates, usually made of metal, which the early fire insurance companies placed in a prominent position on the buildings they insured.

The Marks were nailed to insured buildings on the wall, usually between windows at the second floor level, so as to be out of reach of pilferers. The aim was to identify a property which was insured when only principal streets were named and houses were still not numbered. At first the Marks were molded in lead. Later they were made of copper and the early ones were usually numbered to tally with the policy number.

E. V. Jackson

Large Fire Mark