This genuine antique, decorative oval pressed brass fire insurance plaque or plate dates to the late 19th century, circa 1897. For most of the 18th century each insurance company maintained its own fire brigade which only extinguished fires in those buildings insured by the company. The companies would only put out fires if the building was insured by them, this practice gradually faded away throughout the 19th century due to the emergence of more co-operative fire fighting efforts, such as the Metropolitan Fire Brigade.
Our relief plaque features two persons fleeing a burning building with the double hand in hand Union motif beneath. We believe the original No 1 Union was based in the Cobham area during the 18th century. Below this we find the manufactures stamp reading ‘Vaughton Brothers Birmingham’. Vaughton’s was a quality manufacturer that was founded in Birmingham, England in 1819 by Philip Vaughton. By 1897 the company had been renamed to ‘Vaughton Brothers’. They produced a variety of items including plaques, medals, trophies and shields to name but a few. Vaughton’s produced medals for the football league and medals for the 1908 Olympic Games.
Measuring: Width 6 7/8 inch (17.5 cm) by height 8 1/8 inch (20.5 cm). Depth 0.25 inch (1 cm).
Condition: Very good crisp condition with a lovely natural patina.
A wonderful conversation piece; this would make the perfect gift for the fireman or firefighter. It would look stunning on display in your cabin or cottage next to the hearth.
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