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“Fire Marks“ Exibition in Krapivna

IMG_0168October 22 - December 6, 2016
Krapivna Local History Museum 

On October 22, 2016 at 13:00 the Fire Marks exhibition will open at the Krapivna Local History Museum. The exhibition tells about the history of insurance in Tula Region, first of all in the Krapivna District.

What companies worked here in the 19th century and how; what are insurance, an insurance mark, and an insurance policy, and which of the Krapivna residents worked as insurance agents?  Visitors to the exhibition will have access to hundreds of documents and objects from the collections of the Krapivna Museum and of the collectors Dmitry Suetin and Dmitry Korneev. During the opening of the exhibition, there will be a presentation of the brochure Insurance in Krapivna by Vladimir Borzykh, a researcher of the history of Russian insurance. 

In addition, at 11:30 a.m. on the day of the opening guests of the museum will be offered an “insurance guided tour” of Krapivna. It will help them see the former district centre from a different angle. Visitors will be able to walk around the town with collectors from the Society of Lovers of Insurance Antiquities and hear dozens of stories about how and where insurance plaques were placed in Krapivna. And they will also try to locate the unique plaque of the Krapivna Society of Mutual Fire Insurance


An insurance plaque is a metal mark showing that the property is insured by this or that insurance company. Better known in the world as fire marks, they appeared in Russia in 1827 and were made as plaques painted different colors, with the title of the insurance company on them. Stock companies often placed their brand marks on the plaques, and Russian city mutual fire insurance societies put on them the coats of arms of cities and provinces where they worked. Insurance policies were issued together with such plaques.

The policies of the Krapivna society, which have been preserved, look quite impressive: the large sizes of the papers give them an impressive appearance, and the coat of arms conferred on the town by Catherine the Great and the view of Krapivna‘s central square demonstrate respect and a warm attitude of the homeowners toward their town. 

You can see unique insurance plaques and policies and learn about the insurance history of Tula and Krapivna until December 6, 2016. More about the exhibition in Russian >>>

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