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Firemark

Object Number: 
INV.171
Date: 
ca. 1752
Medium: 
Iron, pine
Dimensions: 
Overall: 15 1/2 x 10 in. ( 39.4 x 25.4 cm )
Description: 
Cast iron firemark in shape of four hands, each grasping adjacent wrists and forming a square, nailed in four places to shield-shaped pine board.
Gallery Label: 
In 1752, the Philadelphia Contributionship Insurance Company was founded by a group that counted Benjamin Franklin among its members. The Contributionship ordered 100 of these fire marks from John Stow, who recast the Liberty Bell in 1753. (See Publications)
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group