Offered by: Kelly Kinzle Antiques
P.O. Box 235 New Oxford, PA 17350 , United States Call Seller 717.495.3395

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Firemark of the Philadelphia Contributionship, circa 1776

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  • 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.
  • More Information
    Origin: United States, Pennsylvania
    Period: 18th Century
    Materials: Pine, lead, iron.
    Condition: Good.
    Creation Date: 1776
    Styles / Movements: Other, Traditional
    Incollect Reference #: 104415
  • Dimensions
    W. 10.5 in; H. 15.25 in;
    W. 26.67 cm; H. 38.74 cm;
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