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


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

$1,450.00

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



Painted Wood Trade Sign, J. Gumbinger / Optician
Circa 1890-1900 - SOLD


Painted Wood Trade Sign, J. Gumbinger / Optician, entire view

35.75" x 11.75"

Pine and paint

J. Gumbinger, Jacksonville, Florida
(Practiced at 6 Hogan Street, ad found in Florida magazine)
Listed Member of Florida Optometrists Society
Depicts aqua-colored eyeglass lenses on a white background with black lettering
"Graduate Optician”. Very good original condition, appropriate wear.

SOLD

1310-82


Painted Wood Trade Sign, J. Gumbinger / Optician, 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

$1,450.00

314-53




Antique, Mercantile Trade Sign –
HIGH QUALITY and LOW PRICES
Belfast, Maine, circa 1920
Freehand lettering in black paint against
white background…old-time prices!


Antique, Mercantile Trade Sign – HIGH QUALITY and LOW PRICES
Belfast, Maine, circa 1920
Freehand lettering in black paint against white background…old-time prices!, entire view 1

(Fine original condition; 71.75" x 14.5" x .75")


Antique, Mercantile Trade Sign – HIGH QUALITY and LOW PRICES
Belfast, Maine, circa 1920
Freehand lettering in black paint against white background…old-time prices!, detail view 1

Antique, Mercantile Trade Sign – HIGH QUALITY and LOW PRICES
Belfast, Maine, circa 1920
Freehand lettering in black paint against white background…old-time prices!, detail view 2

Antique, Mercantile Trade Sign – HIGH QUALITY and LOW PRICES
Belfast, Maine, circa 1920
Freehand lettering in black paint against white background…old-time prices!, detail view 3

Antique, Mercantile Trade Sign – HIGH QUALITY and LOW PRICES
Belfast, Maine, circa 1920
Freehand lettering in black paint against white background…old-time prices!, back view

$3,450.00

898-37




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

$2,750.00

1379-1




Antique Carved & Painted Trade Sign, Fish Monger
Anonymous, 19th Century
Greenish-blue paint


Antique Carved & Painted Trade Sign, Fish Monger
Anonymous, 19th Century
Greenish-blue paint, side 1 view

Full bodied carving displaying original surface history.
Paint losses and very minor imperfections consistent with use and age.
(28" x 9.25" x 2.5")


Antique Carved & Painted Trade Sign, Fish Monger
Anonymous, 19th Century
Greenish-blue paint, side 2 view

$2,585.00

710-44




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

$3,850.00

879-110




Antique Trade Signs, Original Dry Red, White and Blue Paint, New England
M.E.F. Landers - Sled-Building – Blacksmith & General Repair Work
Anonymous, circa 1890-1920


Vintage Canada Goose, Field Decoy, Hollow Carved, Original Paint
An elegantly carved two-piece sentry in good paint, anonymous, left facing

(108-5" x 13.25"; 85.5" x 12")

$1,075.00 the pair

789-4




Antique Trade Sign, Bold Graphics, Flat Gold
Lettering Against Black Smaltz, Wood & Tin
Purportedly SoHo, NYC, Circa 1880-1900


Antique Trade Sign, Daily Bulletin – Northern Independent, Original Paint, Outstanding Graphics, entire view

Inscribed on the back is, “Country Sign Co”., sheet iron within molded wood frame painted black and gold…excellent condition. (72 by 36”)


Antique Trade Sign, Daily Bulletin – Northern Independent, Original Paint, Outstanding Graphics, shop view

$2,950.00

1254-1




Antique Trade Sign, Korrect [sic] Beauty Nook,
Blue Smalt & Gilt Anonymous


Antique Trade Sign, Korrect [sic] Beauty Nook, Blue Smalt & Gilt
Anonymous, side 1 view

Gold lettering against blue smalt ground within molded frame. Small shallow loss to
molding on one side as depicted. (Height: 13.25"; length: 52.5"; depth: 2.5")


Antique Trade Sign, Korrect [sic] Beauty Nook, Blue Smalt & Gilt
Anonymous, side 2 view

$950.00

1191-5




Vintage Trade Sign, THE LAST STRAW,
Signed Bunny Key West
Painted on Plywood, Likely mid 20th century


Vintage Trade Sign 'THE LAST STRAW', Signed Bunny Key West, Likely Mid 20th Century, entire view

(60 by 12 by .5")

$750

632-46


Vintage Trade Sign 'THE LAST STRAW', Signed Bunny Key West, Likely Mid 20th Century, with ruler for scale



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