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Fire Insurance Plaque, New South Wales. ca1830-1870 Beaten copper 260 x 180mm oval 'Fire Insurance - Sydney' around image of a ram suspended from harness. Old nail holes at top, bottom & sides. Has been heat cleaned to remove old paint. Vendor states located in Million's Point, Sydney area by Dr Isadore Brodsky ca1960s. Such plaques were issued by Insurance Companies prior to the establishment of Consolidated Fire Brigades. Ea company supporting its own Brigade of Firefighters who would refuse to attend the fires of an opposing Insurance Agent. Such plaques were prominently displayed above doorways of business premises. See Fire Insurance Offices & Fire-Marks in Australasia by famous collector Alfred Chitty, 1922 (available Google books). VGC. Rare Insurance Plaque, particularly in this condition. Together with a typed 5 page history of Sydney Fire Insurance Plaques by Dr BrodskyAVAILABLE at A$600