Posts made in May, 2015

Sun Fire Office Plaques and a Victorian Match Striker.

Sun Fire Office Plaques and a Victorian Match Striker.

I was thrilled earlier this year when I came across this superb antique Match Striker advertising the Sun Life Chief Office in Threadneedle Street, London, which was opened in 1810 by the Directors of the Sun Fire Office as a new branch of their already century-old business. The two insurance companies, although run as separate entities, were nonetheless linked by the smiling sun face logo, which was already widely used across London on metal fire plaques affixed to houses the company insured.

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In search of Constable’s Salisbury Cathedral.

In search of Constable’s Salisbury Cathedral.

The title of this piece may be something of a misnomer as it’s actually about going to an auction, but the story of the Constable masterpiece which was attributed to a copycat fan and fetched £3,500, only to be identified as the genuine article and subsequently sold for £3.5 million, is one that sends shivers down the spine of any would-be auction sleuth!

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