P.O. Box 235 New Oxford, PA 17350 United States 717.495.3395
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$ 6,500

Firemark of the Philadelphia Contributionship, circa 1776

Origin United States, Pennsylvania
Period 18th Century
Materials Pine, lead, iron.
W. 10.5 in; H. 15.25 in;
W. 26.67 cm; H. 38.74 cm;
Condition Good.
Creation Date 1776
Description In 1792 Benjamin Franklin and his fellow firefighters founded The Philadelphia Contributionship, the nation's oldest successful property insurance company. The company was founded as a mutual insurance company where the policyholders banded together to share the risk. Fire insurance provided a safety net for Philadelphians where the threat of fire damage to property was very real. The company adopted a firemark representing two pairs of hands grasped in support, earning the nickname Hand in Hand. From the Milton Celsnick Collection of Penn's Landing, Philadelphia.
Styles / Movements Other
Incollect Reference Number 104415
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