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Firemarks Collage

Firemarks Collage
Back in the days when no publicly-funded fire-fighting forces existed, fire insurance companies organised their own private fire-fighting forces to minimise fire damage payouts.

However, these insurer-owned forces only responded to properties insured by their insurance companies. To identify whether a property was insured and by whom, a firemark would be hung above the front door of the building.

These are the firemarks used between the late 1600s to the mid-1800s.

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