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Antique Trade Sign, Tailor Shop, M.M. Brown, Scissors & Iron, America
Date/Period: 19th Century


Antique Trade Sign, Tailor Shop, M.M. Brown, Scissors & Iron, America, entire view

Measurement: Height: 85.5"; length:16.5"; width: 2.25"

Material: Pine

Condition: Two molding ends replaced, else fine.

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.

$3,550.00

532-171


Antique Trade Sign, Tailor Shop, M.M. Brown, Scissors & Iron, America, detail view 1

Antique Trade Sign, Tailor Shop, M.M. Brown, Scissors & Iron, America, detail view 2

Antique Trade Sign, Tailor Shop, M.M. Brown, Scissors & Iron, America, back view

Antique Trade Sign, Tailor Shop, M.M. Brown, Scissors & Iron, America, repair detail 1

Antique Trade Sign, Tailor Shop, M.M. Brown, Scissors & Iron, America, repair detail 2



19th Century Wall Clock, Trade Sign, Oval, Stenciled Eagle & Floral Motif
Waterbury, Connecticut, circa 1854-1880


19th Century Wall Clock, Trade Sign, Oval, Stenciled Eagle & Floral Motif
Waterbury, Connecticut, circa 1854-1880, entire view

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”)

$2,750.00

987-32




19th Century Road Sign, Western Massachusetts,
Preferential Weathering
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)


19th Century Road Sign, Western Massachusetts, Preferential Weathering  
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), entire view 1

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.


19th Century Road Sign, Western Massachusetts, Preferential Weathering  
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), detail view 1

19th Century Road Sign, Western Massachusetts, Preferential Weathering  
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), detail view 2

19th Century Road Sign, Western Massachusetts, Preferential Weathering  
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), detail view 3

19th Century Road Sign, Western Massachusetts, Preferential Weathering  
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), back view

$2,250.00

1379-1




Trade Sign, Daily Bulletin – Northern Independent, Original Paint
Outstanding Graphics
19th Century, Both Sides Lettered, Reverse for Cantilevered Mounting
Daily Bulletin (Hazleton) (1879-1893) Possibly Pennsylvania, New Jersey, or Ohio?


Trade Sign, Daily Bulletin – Northern Independent, Original Paint
Outstanding Graphics
19th Century, Both Sides Lettered, Reverse for Cantilevered Mounting
Daily Bulletin (Hazleton) (1879-1893) Possibly Pennsylvania, New Jersey, or Ohio?, entire view 1

(Clean original condition, strong pigments, crisp; 74.25" x 25.25" x 2.5”)


Trade Sign, Daily Bulletin – Northern Independent, Original Paint
Outstanding Graphics
19th Century, Both Sides Lettered, Reverse for Cantilevered Mounting
Daily Bulletin (Hazleton) (1879-1893) Possibly Pennsylvania, New Jersey, or Ohio?, entire view 2

$2,500.00

879-110




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


Trade Sign, Railroad, Reverse Painting on Glass, Signed: J. L. Blackmer
Blackmer is listed in the 1872 Boston City Director, Ornamental Painters, entire view

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

$14,850.00

1310-162


Trade Sign, Railroad, Reverse Painting on Glass, Signed: J. L. Blackmer
Blackmer is listed in the 1872 Boston City Director, Ornamental Painters, detail view

Trade Sign, Railroad, Reverse Painting on Glass, Signed: J. L. Blackmer
Blackmer is listed in the 1872 Boston City Director, Ornamental Painters, detail view 2

Trade Sign, Railroad, Reverse Painting on Glass, Signed: J. L. Blackmer
Blackmer is listed in the 1872 Boston City Director, Ornamental Painters, detail view 3



Trade Sign, Hatmaker, Haberdashery, Painted Tole Top Hat
Date/Period: 1850-1900


Trade Sign, Hatmaker, Haberdashery, Painted Tole Top Hat, entire view

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.

$1,250.00

1085-29


Trade Sign, Hatmaker, Haberdashery, Painted Tole Top Hat, entire view 2

Trade Sign, Hatmaker, Haberdashery, Painted Tole Top Hat, entire view 3

Trade Sign, Hatmaker, Haberdashery, Painted Tole Top Hat, entire view 4



Trade Sign, Jewelers, Pocket Watch, Painted Wood
Date/Period: 19th Century


Trade Sign, Jewelers, Pocket Watch, Painted Wood, entire view

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.

$2,950.00

424-396


Trade Sign, Jewelers, Pocket Watch, Painted Wood, entire view 2



Trade Sign, BOATS FOR SALE AND T0 RENT
Date/Period: 1900-1920 - SOLD


Trade Sign, BOATS FOR SALE AND T0 RENT, entire view

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.

SOLD

1345-13


Trade Sign, BOATS FOR SALE AND T0 RENT, entire view



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


Advertising, Trade Sign Painted on Cabinet, Trading In Goods for the Woodsmen Wonderful and colorful imagery…, entire view

Measurement: Height: 36.5”; width: 13"; depth: 5.5"

Material: Pine, polychrome

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.

$4,875.00

232-443


Advertising, Trade Sign Painted on Cabinet, Trading In Goods for the Woodsmen Wonderful and colorful imagery…, entire view 2

Advertising, Trade Sign Painted on Cabinet, Trading In Goods for the Woodsmen Wonderful and colorful imagery…, entire view 3

Advertising, Trade Sign Painted on Cabinet, Trading In Goods for the Woodsmen Wonderful and colorful imagery…, detail view

Advertising, Trade Sign Painted on Cabinet, Trading In Goods for the Woodsmen Wonderful and colorful imagery…, detail view 2

Advertising, Trade Sign Painted on Cabinet, Trading In Goods for the Woodsmen Wonderful and colorful imagery…, detail view 3

Advertising, Trade Sign Painted on Cabinet, Trading In Goods for the Woodsmen Wonderful and colorful imagery…, detail view 4

Advertising, Trade Sign Painted on Cabinet, Trading In Goods for the Woodsmen Wonderful and colorful imagery…, detail view 5



Trade Sign, "FOR SALE or to LET", 19th C., Great Weathered Surface
Date/Period: Third quarter of 19th century


Trade Sign, ''FOR SALE or to LET'', 19th C., Great Weathered Surface, entire view

Measurement: 19.75" x 38" x 1.25"

Material: Pine

Condition: Very good, preferentially weathered thinning paint

Additional Information: Two board back within applied and canted molding.

$2,150.00

935-32


Trade Sign, ''FOR SALE or to LET'', 19th C., Great Weathered Surface, entire view 2

Trade Sign, ''FOR SALE or to LET'', 19th C., Great Weathered Surface, entire view 3



Antique Trade Sign, The Zions - Hill Prefs
Date/Period: Circa 1900


Antique Trade Sign, The Zions - Hill Prefs, entire view side 1

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.

Additional Information: Applied canted moldings, vibrant color.

$2,225.00

290-63


Antique Trade Sign, The Zions - Hill Prefs, entire view side 2



Trade Sign, Vintage St. Petersburg, Florida, Real Estate
Date/Period: Mid-20th Century


Trade Sign, Vintage St. Petersburg, Florida, Real Estate, entire view

Measurement: 11.75" x 24"

Material: Wood, paint

Condition: Good

$490.00

290-69


Trade Sign, Vintage St. Petersburg, Florida, Real Estate, back view



Vintage Patriotic Trade Sign, Veto’s Ice Cream Cones
Date/Period: Circa 1900-1920 - SOLD


Vintage Patriotic Trade Sign, Veto’s Ice Cream Cones, entire view

Measurement: 23.5" x 11.5"

Material: Basswood and polychrome

Condition: Excellent

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.

SOLD

898-44


Vintage Patriotic Trade Sign, Veto’s Ice Cream Cones, detail view

Vintage Patriotic Trade Sign, Veto’s Ice Cream Cones, back view



Antique Trade Sign, Pocket Watch, Expert Watch Repairing, W.D. O’Bryant
Two sides
Date/Period: 1875-1890ish


Antique Trade Sign, Pocket Watch, Expert Watch Repairing, W.D. O’Bryant Two sides, entire view

Measurement: Height: 23.5"; diameter: 16"; depth: 2.75"

Material: Zinc, paint

Condition: Very good original condition, windward side displays the vestiges of
weather. The letter and dial paint appears to be original; bezel may have been touched
up early in working life

Additional Information: Painted and gilded sheet and cast zinc two-sided trade sign
featuring a cast acanthus ornamented bezel and detailed crown. This is a nice small
size that displays well.

$1,295.00

1409-15


Antique Trade Sign, Pocket Watch, Expert Watch Repairing, W.D. O’Bryant Two sides, entire view 2



Vintage Sign: OKLAHOMA, Original Paint
Date/Period: 1930-1950…just an educated guess - SOLD


Vintage Sign: OKLAHOMA, Original Paint, entire view

Measurement: Length: 30.75"; height: 5"; depth: .75"

Material: Pine and polychrome

Condition: Excellent

Additional Information: The sign with canted edges lettered in dark brown with green
trim against white.

SOLD

171-184


Vintage Sign: OKLAHOMA, Original Paint, back side view



Trade Sign, Confectionary, Ice Cream, SOFE [sic] Drinks, Cigars, Tobacco
Date/Period: Circa 1900 - SOLD


Trade Sign, Confectionary, Ice Cream, SOFE [sic] Drinks, Cigars, Tobacco, entire view

Measurement: 12" x 29" x .75"

Material: Sheet iron mounted on wood back with applied molding, painted

Condition: Excellent original condition

Additional Information: Great mustard yellow paint against a black ground…and yes,
there are actually “SOFE” drinks.

SOLD

1409-6


Trade Sign, Confectionary, Ice Cream, SOFE [sic] Drinks, Cigars, Tobacco, back view

Trade Sign, Confectionary, Ice Cream, SOFE [sic] Drinks, Cigars, Tobacco, detail view



Antique Wagon Seat Trade Sign, EMPIRE BOOK STORE
Possibly New York
Date/Period: 19th Century - SOLD


Antique Wagon Seat Trade Sign, EMPIRE BOOK STORE Possibly New York, entire view 1

Measurement: Height: 28.75"; width: 44"; depth: 18"

Material: White pine and poplar, wrought iron

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.

SOLD

210-280


Antique Wagon Seat Trade Sign, EMPIRE BOOK STORE Possibly New York, entire view 2

Antique Wagon Seat Trade Sign, EMPIRE BOOK STORE Possibly New York, entire view 3

Antique Wagon Seat Trade Sign, EMPIRE BOOK STORE Possibly New York, entire view 4

Antique Wagon Seat Trade Sign, EMPIRE BOOK STORE Possibly New York, detail view 1

Antique Wagon Seat Trade Sign, EMPIRE BOOK STORE Possibly New York, detail view 2

Antique Wagon Seat Trade Sign, EMPIRE BOOK STORE Possibly New York, detail view 3



19th Century American Bootmaker’s
Trade Sign, Carved & Painted - SOLD


19th Century American Bootmaker’s Trade Sign, Carved & Painted, entire view

(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.


19th Century American Bootmaker’s Trade Sign, Carved & Painted, scale view

19th Century American Bootmaker’s Trade Sign, Carved & Painted, back view

SOLD

314-73




Art Deco Stained Glass Trade Sign, United Pacific Insurance Company
Tacoma, Washington, Circa 1933/1934


Vintage Art Deco Stained Glass Trade Sign for United Pacific Insurance Company, entire view

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.

$8,950

1157-290


Vintage Art Deco Stained Glass Trade Sign for United Pacific Insurance Company, close up detail



Trade Sign, Apothecary, Mortar and Pestle
Date/Period: Circa 1900 - SOLD


Trade Sign, Apothecary, Mortar and Pestle, entire view 1

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

SOLD

745-223


Trade Sign, Apothecary, Mortar and Pestle, entire view 2

Trade Sign, Apothecary, Mortar and Pestle, top view

Trade Sign, Apothecary, Mortar and Pestle, bottom view

Trade Sign, Apothecary, Mortar and Pestle, detail view



Trade Sign, Barber Shop, Very Graphic, Great Surface
Date/Period: Early 20th Century


Trade Sign, Barber Shop, Very Graphic, Great Surface, entire view

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.

$685.00

879-138


Trade Sign, Barber Shop, Very Graphic, Great Surface, back view



Fishmongers Codfish Trade Sign, Carved & Painted
Anonymous, circa 1900
Pine, tinned sheet iron and paint


Fishmongers Codfish Trade Sign, Carved & Painted 
Anonymous, circa 1900
Pine, tinned sheet iron and paint, entire view 1

The windward side shows thinning paint as it should,
nice overall condition & patina. (Length: 37"; height: 10.5"; width: 6")


Fishmongers Codfish Trade Sign, Carved & Painted 
Anonymous, circa 1900
Pine, tinned sheet iron and paint, entire view 2

Fishmongers Codfish Trade Sign, Carved & Painted 
Anonymous, circa 1900
Pine, tinned sheet iron and paint, entire view 3

Fishmongers Codfish Trade Sign, Carved & Painted 
Anonymous, circa 1900
Pine, tinned sheet iron and paint, detail view

$1,165.00

314-53




Antique Trade Sign, FURNITURE – UPHOLSTERING AND REPAIRING
Date/Period: 1880-1900 - SOLD


Antique Trade Sign, FURNITURE – UPHOLSTERING AND REPAIRING, entire view 1

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

SOLD

1409-12


Antique Trade Sign, FURNITURE – UPHOLSTERING AND REPAIRING, entire view 2

Antique Trade Sign, FURNITURE – UPHOLSTERING AND REPAIRING, back view

Antique Trade Sign, FURNITURE – UPHOLSTERING AND REPAIRING, detail view



Vintage Trade Sign, Advertising Telegraph, “Don’t Write Telegraph”
Date/Period: Circa 1890-1940 - SOLD


Vintage Trade Sign, Advertising Telegraph, “Don’t Write Telegraph”, entire view 1

Measurement: Length: 37.5"; width: 4"; depth: 4"

Material: Wood, sheet iron, polychrome

Condition: Excellent

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.

SOLD

1409-3


Vintage Trade Sign, Advertising Telegraph, “Don’t Write Telegraph”, detail view 1

Vintage Trade Sign, Advertising Telegraph, “Don’t Write Telegraph”, entire view 2

Vintage Trade Sign, Advertising Telegraph, “Don’t Write Telegraph”, detail view 2

Vintage Trade Sign, Advertising Telegraph, “Don’t Write Telegraph”, detail view 3



Nineteenth Century Trade Sign, Blacksmith, F.E. Barrows, Anvil & Loping Horse
Paris, Maine
Date/Period: Late 19th Century - SOLD


Nineteenth Century Trade Sign, Blacksmith, F.E. Barrows, Anvil & Loping Horse Paris, Maine, entire view

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.

SOLD

1310-136


Nineteenth Century Trade Sign, Blacksmith, F.E. Barrows, Anvil & Loping Horse Paris, Maine, detail view 1

Nineteenth Century Trade Sign, Blacksmith, F.E. Barrows, Anvil & Loping Horse Paris, Maine, detail view 2



Trade Sign, THIS PLACE FOR SALE
Date/Period: 19th Century - SOLD


Trade Sign, THIS PLACE FOR SALE, entire view

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.

SOLD

1002-396





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