WHERE DO YOU BEGIN?
Following is the eBay description for an alleged antique UF fire mark. It is so outrageous that I didnt know where to begin to straighten the seller out. Rather than bother, I e-mailed the seller with a suggestion that he/she Google American Fire Marks. If you find it confusing, dont blame me. There are no typos in my text.
The mailed version of The Signevierist included a revised application to join the Fire Mark Circle of the Americas. Only one application was included and that is because each of you is asked to get one new member. The Circle can only get wider by recruiting new members. Additional applications may be obtained on-line at the following address http://ga.iiaa.org/fmca/invitation.pdf
Say that fast 10 times. Novice, as well as long time collectors of fire marks, will obtain a wealth of fire mark knowledge from the packet An American Fire Mark Primer. The Primer contains back issue articles on fire marks not available elsewhere.
The Primer is available to members at $20.00, which includes shipping and handling. Just make your check payable to FMCA and mail to Ted Lussem, 2919 John Patterson Road, Des Moines, Iowa 50317-3136
MEASUREMENTS of BEVELED FIRE MARKS
UNITED FIREMENS INSURANCE COMPANY, PHILADELPHIA
I have been fortunate enough to measure, with a caliper and scale, a large number of cast iron, beveled UF marks from two collections. Also, a number of FMCA members have supplied me with additional reliable measurements. Weights for the Bulau marks are from the monograph Fire Marks of the United Firemens Insurance Company, Philadelphia.
The data on the next page is arranged in table order by length with the longest mark on the top and the shortest length on the bottom. With the inclusion of measurements from Bulaus Footprints of Assurance it becomes fairly easy to categorize the marks by the appropriate Bulau number. Just as notable, it is easier to identify some reproductions just by measurements, especially by weight.
The measurements lend themselves to some interesting observations:
The longer marks are the oldest.
Note that the height of BU# 315, 9.5, does not fit the sequence. The monograph lists only other similar mark with the same dimensions, policy number 8042. Curiously, it is listed as 315 or 317. It would be nice if we could remeasure these two marks.
BU 310 shows either a vertical or diagonal sprue.
BU 315 specimens do not show a diagonal sprue.
BU 317 & 319 show a horizontal sprue.
Why not take the opportunity to identify, or confirm the Bulau number of the beveled UF marks in your collection?
WILTON FIRE MARK REPRO
The Fire Mark Police challenged a recent sale on eBay and the buyer had his money returned. The description of the Signed Wilton Fire truck plaque 1870-1910 was as follows:
amusing aspect of this is that Wilton Products, Wrightsville, PA, made a variety of cast
iron products such as bottle openers, trivets and candleholders from the 1940s to 1989.
Wilton made fire mark reproductions of Baltimore and Philadelphia companies and is
responsible for the ever popular Number 906 Contributionship.
This issues Home insurance company is the Home Mutual Insurance Company, Appleton, Wisconsin. The letterhead came from their 75th anniversary publication.
THIS AND THAT
Hold the dates of September 16-19, 2004. Plan to attend the 32nd Annual Convention of the FMCA.
A lead FA, BU# 85, recently sold for $905 on eBay. There are lots of good fire marks on eBay. Get a copy of the Primer to help spot the good ones.
The description on eBay of a miniature Fire Association fire mark read in part, Three dimensional with a firehose around a Lighthouse.
Your editor is looking for articles from the members. It can be about your favorite fire mark, such as how you acquired it. You can also tell us about what youve seen at the antique malls or shows. Is there any local museums or historical societies that have an exhibit that may be of interest to the membership?
Remember, this is your newsletter.
Bob Shea, Editor