Additional Information: The stylized black lettering against a white background;
original paint is now dry with a wonderful flat patina. The applied moldings with
chamfered leading edge are square nailed to signboard. Perfect height for above
windows or a door.
Additional Information: Chain with three links has a complicated meaning regarding
good and harm; often Friendship, Love and Truth [The Three Link Fraternity] in this
case, above the All-Seeing Eye. The Eye of Providence (or the all-seeing eye of God) is
a symbol, having its origin in Christian iconography, representing the eye of God
watching over humanity. This example appears to be a well weathered rural artifact.
Material: Pine, gold paint on black smaltz, square nails
Condition: Very good, scattered paint loss as expected
Additional Information: A nice little sign retaining original pierced brass hanging
devices at ends. Mr. Keyes was born March 26, 1858 in Concord, Massachusetts [died
1943], Harvard University, 1879, Graduated Law School, 1881. Offices in Concord and
Boston since 1882.
The Smithsonian owns one of these, they suggest that it may be a trade sign; boot
scraper or sign make more sense than does a doorstop considering screw piercing on
base. (Length: 22.5"; height: 5.5"; width: 2")
The words “BAKER NEW BEDFORD.” appear on the back of this cast-iron sperm
whale, which has two mounting lugs on the bottom for fastening to a flat surface. These
features suggest that it was a shop sign for one of the many stores in New Bedford,
Massachusetts that provided items to whalers needed for their dirty and dangerous
business. In the 1878 New Bedford city directory, the only person listed with the
surname Baker was Ansol Baker, a machinist. New Bedford was the largest American
whaling port in the industry, which flourished until the Civil War and lasted into the early
20th century. [National Museum of American History]
(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.
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”)
The walnut top painted red is over canted case featuring fielded panels created by the application of moldings; molded mopboard. Square nail joinery.
(Interior cleats removed; sliver of wood long gone from one side of mopboard; height: 31"; base: 19.25 x 16"; top: 16.5 x 16")
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.
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