Firemark of the West of Scotland Insurance Company

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Postcard of Firemark of the West of Scotland Insurance Company.
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Firemark of the West of Scotland Insurance Company

Fire insurance companies fixed firemarks to the outside of buildings to show that they were insured and could be recognised by a fire brigade. This lead firemark is of the West of Scotland Insurance Company and dates from the 18th or early 19th century.

The firemark has a crown in the centre surrounded by the text 'West of Scotland'.

In the 18th and early 19th centuries insurance schemes were run by friendly societies, self-help groups and some companies. Property could be insured against fire by paying a premium to companies which ran their own fire brigades.

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Online ID: 000-100-002-074-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0098: National Museums Scotland
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  H.VO 12
Date: 18th or early 19th century
Material: Lead and gilt. Inscription: In centre: crown; Round margin: WEST OF SCOTLAND
Dimensions: 250 mm Dia
What: Mark, fire
Subject: Firemarks (NMAS Classification)
Where: Scotland
Description: Fire mark of lead, inscribed WEST OF SCOTLAND around the margin
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