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


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.

$3,950.00

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



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


Antique Trade Sign, FURNITURE – UPOLSTERING 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

$950.00

1409-12


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

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

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



Antique Trade Sign, Jeweler, Watchmaker, Pocket Watch Form
Date/Period: Third quarter 19th century - SOLD


Antique Trade Sign, Jeweler, Watchmaker, Pocket Watch Form, entire view 1

Measurement: Height: 26"; diameter: 17"; width: 3"

Material: Wood, wrought iron and canvas

Condition: Very good, scattered areas of paint touchup

Additional Information: A small example featuring an unusual oil on canvas dial face
of which we have not encountered. The face is mounted on a hardwood frame within
double applied bentwood case body. The pendant and crown are cut flat, another
possibly unique feature. Hand wrought bow is tapered and shows good tooling.

SOLD

1409-8


Antique Trade Sign, Jeweler, Watchmaker, Pocket Watch Form, entire view 2

Antique Trade Sign, Jeweler, Watchmaker, Pocket Watch Form, entire view 3

Antique Trade Sign, Jeweler, Watchmaker, Pocket Watch Form, scale view



Trade Sign, Painted, Luckner / Master Magician & Illusionist, America
Date/Period: Circa 1930-1950 - SOLD


Trade Sign, Painted, Luckner / Master Magician & Illusionist, America, entire view

Measurement: 31.5" x 41.5" x .75"

Material: Painted on plywood with applied side moldings

Condition: Fine

Additional Information: Frank Luckner was a noted magician and prop master who
worked with Harry Blackstone, Sr. The very graphic front is hand painted; back
stenciled: LUCKER MAGICIAN.

SOLD

977-66


Trade Sign, Painted, Luckner / Master Magician & Illusionist, America, back view



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.

$5,250.00

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



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, VIRGINA SHELLED PENUTS No.1
Date/Period: Circa 1900 - SOLD


Trade Sign, VIRGINA SHELLED PENUTS No.1, entire view

Measurement: 30.25" x 11.5" x .75"

Material: Hard yellow pine

Condition: Strong paint, typical selective weathering, thinning; minor edge chip

SOLD

1409-1


Trade Sign, VIRGINA SHELLED PENUTS No.1, back



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

$1,450.00

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 - SOLD


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

SOLD

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




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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