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  • Maker:

    Sun Fire Office

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  • Sun Fire Office fire insurance mark in the form of a sun in splendour with 16 alternate straight and wavy rays. Policy number stamped below: 61780. The policy was taken out on 12 September 1733 by William Jones of Ivy Lane in Paternoster Row, a diamond cutter, on various houses he rented out in Islington next to Cambray House. Fire marks were placed on the outside of buildings to indicate that the property was insured by a specific company. This identification was particularly important in London before the introduction of street numbering in the 1760s. Householders with fire insurance could expect the company to send its 'fire brigade' to put out the fire. Insurance companies often had reciprocal arrangements with each other so that if a fire brigade put out a fire at a house insured by a different company then the brigade's company would be reimbursed. In 1826 an agreement was reached between the Sun Fire office, the Royal Exchange Assurance and the Phoenix Fire Office to combine their brigades under the leadership of one superintendent. This provided the basis for the creation of the London Fire Engine Establishment in 1833.  < ...Read more

  • Measurements

    H 180 mm; W 145 mm; D 25 mm

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    permanent collection


    digital image copyright Museum of London

  • Related Organisation

    Sun Fire Office (issuer)


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