Additional Information: Long rectangular panel with white lettering and images of a
scissors and iron on a black field, with applied gilt molding. As is often the case, the sign
was refreshed early in its original working life [19th century] for M.M. Brown. The patina
is flat and dry.
19th Century Wall Clock, Trade Sign, Oval, Stenciled Eagle & Floral Motif
Waterbury, Connecticut, circa 1854-1880
Perhaps an interior shop or trade sign for a watch and clock maker. The large oval sheet metal case is in
the form of a watch with a brass bow. It has stenciled decoration of an American eagle and floral sprays
around the central door. There is a Waterbury seven-day movement with strike and pendulum which
appears to have never been touched. The pendulum, bob and adjusting screw were loose in the bottom
of the case with no indication they were ever put together. A most interesting and visually striking time
piece. The movement needs cleaning. (We have a clockmaker available)
Height: 25 1/8”, width: 17”, depth: 3”, Hanging bow: 5.75”, diameter of dial: 6”)
19th Century Road Sign, Western Massachusetts,
Pine, applied molding, original condition,
BEST patina (48.75" x 16.25" x 1.5")
Arrows point to Wendell, Locks Pond
[Village was part of Shutesbury],
Petersham, Athol & Orange (Massachusetts)
Preferential weathering is the primary factor in the in the subject raised lettering. There
are no signs of edge tool relief surrounding any lettering; the shallow relief letters are
the direct product of weathering…many years of climatic abuse formed the raised letters
that were protected by original paint layers. Other signboards displaying preferential
weathering are in the Connecticut Historical Society Collection and other private and
institutional collections. This signboard has lost all its background paint with the weather
producing a fantastic bare, weathered and worn background displaying a rich and
robust dark patina. 1.Close examination of the weathered surface shows a preferential
reduction of the background without paint while the areas that were painted are
preserved. The mechanism that causes this remarkable and complex surface is an
environmentally precipitated erosion brought about by the combined effects of sunlight,
wind, wind-borne debris, moisture, fungus, freezing, and thawing. These environmental
attacks are far more devastating to a bare white pine surface than a painted one, which
is why we paint wooden houses. The preferential part of the mechanism takes
advantage of the relative toughness of the protective paint film. It makes perfect sense
that the details remain raised in a weathered signboard while the background recedes
step by step as the relative thickness of the paint films are worn away. In conclusion,
there are strong indications that weather is the mystery carver responsible for the finely
raised detail visible. 1. Lions & Eagles & Bulls / Early American Tavern & Inn Signs From
The Connecticut Historical Society, Edited by Susan Schoelwer; chapter 7 by Alexander
M. Carlisle, pp.80, 81, 82, 83.
Trade Sign, Daily Bulletin – Northern Independent, Original Paint
19th Century, Both Sides Lettered, Reverse for Cantilevered Mounting Daily Bulletin (Hazleton) (1879-1893) Possibly Pennsylvania, New Jersey, or Ohio?
(Clean original condition, strong pigments, crisp; 74.25" x 25.25" x 2.5”)
Trade Sign, Railroad, Reverse Painting on Glass, Signed: J. L. Blackmer
Blackmer is listed in the 1872 Boston City Director, Ornamental Painters Date/Period: 19th Century
Measurement: Sight size 39 1/2" x 29 1/2", overall, with frame 44 3/4" x 35".
Material: Eglomise, reverse paint and gilt on glass, walnut frame with gilt liner
Condition: Displays well, scattered flaking and lifting that a viewer needs to look for,
imperfection to frame at 11 o’clock. Liner shows scattered losses to surface, frame
retains original finish.
Additional Information: Portland, Ogdensburg, and Boston R. R. Connecting
through Crawford Notch to North Conway, Sebago Lake, Eastern Coast Resorts,
connecting with all lines to New York, and South and West. Signed by J. L.
Blackmer & Co., moved to 96 Court St, Boston in 1890
Trade Sign, Hatmaker, Haberdashery, Painted Tole Top Hat Date/Period: 1850-1900
Measurement: Height: 16.5”, brim: 18.75 by 12.25”
Material: Sheet iron
Condition: Very good, commensurate with age and use
Additional Information: A banded stovepipe hat with cockade…the brim downturned
and rolled. Painted red, black, and gold. Sold with tabletop display stand.
Trade Sign, Jewelers, Pocket Watch, Painted Wood Date/Period: 19th Century
Material: Wood, and iron
Condition: Weathered surface, condition shows age and use, displays well.
Additional Information: A painted wood watch form trade sign, America, two sided.
Trade Sign, BOATS FOR SALE AND T0 RENT Date/Period: 1900-1920 - SOLD
Measurement: 85.5" x 29.25" x 2.5"
Material: Mixed woods, paint
Condition: Very good, thinning paint, great surface
Additional Information: Cutout and applied lettering, boat hull, and oars.
Advertising, Trade Sign Painted on Cabinet, Trading In Goods for the Woodsmen
Wonderful and colorful imagery… Date/Period: Midcentury, possibly a decade or two earlier
Condition: Very good, trivial age and use related imperfections, original paint
Additional Information: A highly stylized Native American with bow and arrow
centered by “TRADING IN GOODS / for the OUTDOORSMEN”. The cabinet is painted
green. One loose shelf remains within the interior. We have found identical vintage
midcentury face mount hinges dating to the 1930-1950’s period.
Trade Sign, "FOR SALE or to LET", 19th C., Great Weathered Surface Date/Period: Third quarter of 19th century
Measurement: 19.75" x 38" x 1.25"
Condition: Very good, preferentially weathered thinning paint
Additional Information: Two board back within applied and canted molding.
Antique Trade Sign, The Zions - Hill Prefs Date/Period: Circa 1900
Measurement: 29.25" x 18.5" x 2"
Material: Pine, smaltz, polychrome
Condition: Good original condition commensurate with age and weathering; trivial
scattered surface losses; edge loss to lower molding on one side.
Trade Sign, Vintage St. Petersburg, Florida, Real Estate Date/Period: Mid-20th Century
Measurement: 11.75" x 24"
Material: Wood, paint
Vintage Patriotic Trade Sign, Veto’s Ice Cream Cones Date/Period: Circa 1900-1920 - SOLD
Measurement: 23.5" x 11.5"
Material: Basswood and polychrome
Additional Information: Eagle surmounting panoply of American flags flanked by
“VETO’S ICE CREAM CONES” …the letters painted in red, gold, and silver against a
black ground. The vignette is centered by a fine double-border done in red, bottom
corners display fanciful flourishes.
Condition: Weathering, shrinkage crack, displays well on the wall
Additional Information: The simple wrought iron mounted highbacked bench is
lettered for a seller of books. The first column on left displays discernible
words…SCHOOL DAYS, SPELLING, GRAMMAR and more.
19th Century American Bootmaker’s
Trade Sign, Carved & Painted - SOLD
(Height: 41"; width: 29.75"; depth: 2.5")
An elegant profile displaying a stylish boot, rounded contours; the top sheathed in sheet
iron protecting the end grain from rain. Not your typical flat silhouette, a great example.
Art Deco Stained Glass Trade Sign, United Pacific Insurance Company
Tacoma, Washington, Circa 1933/1934
Mixed media sign was commissioned about 1933/1934 and was installed over the entrance of the Reliance Insurance Company building in Tacoma, Washington. The sign went to storage in the early 40's when Reliance relocated offices. The sign was discovered in the Tacoma building by construction workers then shipped to Reliance’s Philadelphia headquarters in 1997. The sign was installed with back lighting in the stairway between the 15th and 16th floors 1998; removed from stairway about 2004 when Reliance vacated the floors. The sign remains in excellent original condition and measures 53 by 73.75". Please call for additional information.
Trade Sign, Apothecary, Mortar and Pestle Date/Period: Circa 1900 - SOLD
Measurement: Height: 20.5" at pestle; top diameter: 16"
Material: Zinc, inserted wood base, paint
Condition: Displays well, old paint, imperfections
Additional Information: Full relief, nice form and surface
Trade Sign, Barber Shop, Very Graphic, Great Surface Date/Period: Early 20th Century
Measurement: 24" x 9.5" x .75"
Material: Softwood, moldings applied with clinched nails
Condition: Excellent, dry patina
Additional Information: Small easy to display sign, looks great over a doorway.
Fishmongers Codfish Trade Sign, Carved & Painted
Anonymous, circa 1900
Pine, tinned sheet iron and paint
The windward side shows thinning paint as it should,
nice overall condition & patina. (Length: 37"; height: 10.5"; width: 6")
Antique Trade Sign, FURNITURE – UPHOLSTERING AND REPAIRING Date/Period: 1880-1900 - SOLD
Measurement: 24.5" x 24.5" x 2.5"
Material: Painted on sheet iron, wood frame with molded liner
Condition: Good, typical oxidation and weathering
Vintage Trade Sign, Advertising Telegraph, “Don’t Write Telegraph” Date/Period: Circa 1890-1940 - SOLD
Measurement: Length: 37.5"; width: 4"; depth: 4"
Material: Wood, sheet iron, polychrome
Additional Information: A realistic pencil including eraser within ribbed sheet iron
ferrule. The slogan painted orange within fine black silhouette against green paint.
Hangs horizontally from screw eyes.
Nineteenth Century Trade Sign, Blacksmith, F.E. Barrows, Anvil & Loping Horse
Paris, Maine Date/Period: Late 19th Century - SOLD
Measurement: Length: 128”, height: 13.5”
Material: Northeastern white pine, single board, white, black green and gold paint
Condition: Excellent save the vestiges of time, weathering, original condition
Additional Information: A great example of a “Maine” sign painted on a single board
having applied moldings displaying - “F.E. Barrows” in uppercase green and gold
painted letters flanked by an image of an anvil on the left and the image of a rearing
horse on the right, each withing fancy painted frame.
F.E. Barrow’s Blacksmiths were listed in the 1900 and 1907 town records for Paris,
Maine and additionally in the Annual Register of Maine on page 632, for the town of
Paris in 1900.
Trade Sign, THIS PLACE FOR SALE Date/Period: 19th Century - SOLD
Measurement: 9.75" x 13.75" x .875""
Material: Painted on white pine
Condition: Excellent original condition
Additional Information: A small fun sign displaying freehand lettering; chamfered
edges. Wonderful surface and patina.
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