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New York Firemark

New York Firemark

The Phenix Insurance Company of Brooklyn went out of business in 1910. The headline in the New York Times read "SHELDON'S COMPANY MADE FALSE RETURNS" and one of the sub headlines said "Directors and State Authorities Deceived as to Losses in San Francisco Fire--Books Were Falsified."

$ If you are interested in reading the whole article, it can be found in the New York Times Archives, and the date of the article is July 4, 1910. It is quite a story! This firemark is a lonely survivor from this era of corruption and deceit (sound familiar?). Apparently Sheldon never was tried for all of his crimes as he died before the trial began.

The firemark retains old coats of paint, with what appears to be gilding underneath. It is made of sheet brass and dates from the late 19th or early 20th century.

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