Vintage FIRE INSURANCE Cast Metal plaque sign metal 1794 hands Baltimore

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  • Item Category: Fraternal, Political, Organizations
  • Source: eBay
  • Sold Date: Mar 14, 2016
  • Channel: Auction House
Really nice Fire Insurance Plaque.
Baltimore Equitable Society.
Cast metal (non magnetic). Black sign, gold color decorations in relief.
It shows two shaking hands with the date 1794.
The back shows the number 3247.
I'm not sure how old this plaque is, but it does show age.
It's 10.25" h x 9.75" w x 0.5" d.
It weights 3 lb.
It's in Very Good condition. It shows age and some paint loss on gold color areas. PLease check photos for more information about condition.
Founded in 1794, the Baltimore Equitable Society is one of the oldest corporations in the city and the third-oldest fire insurance company in the United States.
Fire insurance marks were metal plaques marked with the emblem of the insurance company which were affixed to the front of insured buildings as a guide to the insurance company's fire brigade. These identification marks were used in the eighteenth and nineteenth century in the days before municipal fire services were formed. Cast metal plaques were made of iron, lead, or sometimes brass.
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