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Trade Sign, Fireman's Axe, Sheet Iron, and Original Thinning Paint
Anonymous
19th Century - SOLD


Antique Trade Sign, Fireman's Axe, Sheet Iron, 19th Century, entire view

(L: 39")

SOLD

691-15




Trade Sign, Farrier, Horseshoe,
Carved & Painted Shoe
Unknown Maker, circa 1880-1900
Carved horseshow hangs within the scrolled wrought iron frame - SOLD


Trade Sign, Farrier, Horseshoe, Carved & Painted Shoe
Unknown Maker, circa 1880-1900
Carved horseshow hangs within the scrolled wrought iron frame, entire view

(Overall: 33.25 x 25.75)

SOLD

879-113




Antique Trade Sign, The Square Deal Grocery, Candy Fruit & Tobacco
Date/Period: 1900ish - SOLD


Antique Trade Sign, The Square Deal Grocery, Candy Fruit & Tobacco, side 1

Measurement: 61.25" x 13.25" x 1.5"

Material: Pine

Condition: Excellent original condition

Additional Information: Terrific graphics and patina; applied moldings…painted and
lettered both sides.

SOLD

1409-5




Trade Sign, Corner Mounted, Gilt and Painted Sheet Iron, Wood Frame
Robinson Bros. Manufacturers / High Art / Gravats
Date/Period: Circa 1890 - SOLD


Trade Sign, Corner Mounted, Gilt and Painted Sheet Iron, Wood Frame Robinson Bros. Manufacturers / High Art / Gravats, entire view 1

Measurement: Height: 20"; width: 15.25"; depth: 6.5"

Material: Sheet iron on wood frame, gilt against smaltz paint

Condition: Very Good

Additional Information: Wonderful elliptical sign designed to be mounted on a corner.
Displays well on-the-flat.

SOLD

1409-11




19th Century Trade Sign, Original Paint
Unknown, circa 1880
Mustard & Gray Paint on Sheet Iron
JAMES LAW / LADIES [boot] & [shoe] MAKER - SOLD


19th Century Trade Sign, Original Paint
Unknown, circa 1880
Mustard & Gray Paint on Sheet Iron
JAMES LAW / LADIES [boot] & [shoe] MAKER, entire view

(Very good original condition: 14" x 20")

SOLD

497-134




Antique Optometrist Trade Sign, Eyeglasses, Painted Eyes, Banner with Name
American, 19th Century
Zinc and Sheet Iron…rare small size, historic surface - SOLD


Antique Optometrist Trade Sign, Eyeglasses, Painted Eyes, Banner with Name
American, 19th Century
Zinc and Sheet Iron…rare small size, historic surface, side 1

A two-sided optometrist trade sign in scarcely encountered small size; pair of glasses featuring painted
eyes surmounting a banner inscribed “J.D. Coles” (24” by 8”)

SOLD

1305-1




Trade Sign in Original Paint, Nice Small Size, G. Kruger Boot & Shoe Maker Anonymous, 19th Century - SOLD


Trade Sign in Original Paint, Nice Small Size, G. Kruger Boot & Shoe Maker

The sign features original applied moldings and desirable blue background; nice detail including stitchery; windward sign is heavily weathered as expected. (15.75 x 22 x 2")

290-23 - SOLD




Hitchcock Chair Company Trade Sign, Turned, Split and Applied Spindles
Vintage, stenciled signature as were the chairs, side spindles relate to chair legs
Connecticut, Vintage; likely first-half 20th century - SOLD


Vintage Hitchcock Chair Company Trade Sign with Applied Spindles, Connecticut, entire view

(Excellent condition; Dimensions: 16 by 29”)

659-140 - SOLD




American Sign, Carved an Incised Yellow Pine, Traces of Original Paint
P. Chick, Federal Period; property or business sign
Eagle with shield form body clutching arrows flanked by tree above name - SOLD


Antique Carved American Sign with Traces of Original Paint, Eagle with Shield, angle view

(26.5 by 37 by .5”)

935-21 - SOLD




19th Century Trade Sign, Shoe Department, Original Paint and Molding
Unknown Maker - SOLD


Antique Shoe Department Trade Sign in Original Paint, 19th Century, entire view

(93 by 16 by 1.5”)

935-25 - SOLD




Sign, The Salvation Army, Original Paint
Anonymous
Early 20th Century - SOLD


Antique Sign, The Salvation Army, Early 20th Century, entire view

Missing original molding, otherwise fine condition.
(L: 143.5" H: 11.5")

346-41 - SOLD




Advertising, Heinz Pickles, Die Cut, Litho, Chain Hung String Holder, Embossed
Turn of last century, likely 1910 to 1920, rare figural advertising, with period string - SOLD


Antique Advertising Sign, Heinz Pickles, String Holder, 1910 to 1920, side 1 view

(Good condition, commensurate with age and use, scatted oxidation and enamel loss limited to "pure foods" plate; minor imperfections to pickle. This example remains in original unrestored condition and measures 15" by 17" by 7")

1001-33 - SOLD




William Cullen Bryant House, Private School Sign, Mildred Bryant Kussmaul
Massachusetts
Antique
Two sided, original paint and wrought iron hangers - SOLD


Antique Private School Sign, William Cullen Bryant House, Double Sided, entire view

(37 by 28.25 by 1")

290-12 - SOLD




Trade Sign, Dr. Barrows Office, Original Surface History
Nineteenth Century
Anonymous
Wonderful dry surface, mustard yellow lettering - SOLD


Antique Trade Sign, Dr. Barrows Office, Nineteenth Century, entire view

(L: 36.25", H: 14.75", D: 1.5")

935-8 - SOLD




Trade Sign, Sheet Iron, Double Sided Pocket Watch, Original Surface History
Unknown Maker, found in Pennsylvania
19th Century - SOLD


Antique Trade Sign, Sheet Iron, Pocket Watch, 19th Century, entire view

Chisel cut sheet iron affixed to hand forged swing ring, dry painted surface.
(23.75 by 13.75")

606-33 - SOLD




Trade Sign, Rock Spring Hotel
Staunton, Virginia - SOLD


Antique Trade Sign, Rock Spring Hotel, Virginia, entire view

Rock Spring Hotel, by J.R.Smith, a two-sided sign with molded edges, in black and gold on white ground, with a black frame. Fresh to the market, being recently discovered in a collector's attic and having tremendous eye appeal. Excellent reminder of the 19th C. American's obsession with health and longevity, and the willingness to travel for the merits of the medicinal mineral water springs of Virginia.
Dimensions: 36" by 48" by 3". Board separation as seen.

1032-96 - SOLD




Trade Sign, Red, White, and Blue, Falls City Cabin, Original Paint
Unknown Maker, fine condition
Antique - SOLD


Antique Trade Sign, Falls City Cabin, Original Paint, entire view

(96 by 11.25 by .75")

346-42 - SOLD




Pewter Candlestick, Trade Stimulator, Trade Sign, Massive
Anonymous, antique, countertop or shop window - SOLD


Antique Pewter Candlestick, Trade Sign, Anonymous, entire view

Dimensions: 24" H.

497-70 - SOLD




Trade Sign, Hardware
Anonymous
Late 19th Century
Gold on black ground; applied molding - SOLD


Antique Trade Sign, Hardware Sign, 19th Century, entire view

Dimensions: 74" L, 17.75" H, 2" D.

898-4 - SOLD




Trade Sign, National Fire Insurance Company
Reverse on Glass with Lady Liberty as Central Motif
Hartford, Connecticut - SOLD


Antique Trade Sign, National Fire Insurance Company, Connecticut, entire view

Excellent condition in oak frame. Great label from Zero Marx Sign Works on back, the company that produced the sign.
Dimensions: 34 by 26" frame; 19.5 by 27.5" sight-size.

883-3 - SOLD




19th Century Pee Wee Miniature Golf Sign - SOLD


Antique Trade Sign, Miniature Golf Sign, 19th Century

Dimensions: 33 1/8 by 19.25".

210-166 - SOLD




Trade Sign, Original Paint
I WORK FOR CASH
Third Quarter 19th Century
A great statement! - SOLD


Antique Trade Sign, I Work For Cash, 19th Century, Original Paint

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. (Length: 76"; height: 8.25".)

570-169 - SOLD




Trade Sign
Clocks, Watches & Jewelry Repaired
E. Spencer - SOLD


Antique Trade Sign, E. Spencer Clock, Watch and Jewelry Repair, Double Sided

Measures 22.5" in height, 34" in width and 3.5" in depth.

270-57 - SOLD




Apothecary Trade Sign
Carved Applied Letters And Half-Domes
Black Painted Sandpaper Background - SOLD


Antique Trade Sign, Apothecary, Applied Letters, White and Black Paint

Very good condition. (60 x 15.25 x 2.5 inches)

722-7 - SOLD




Trade Sign, Factory Shoe Store
19th Century - SOLD


Antique Trade Sign, Factory Shoe Store, 19th Century, entire view

Two Sided Sign, Gold Lettering on Black, Signed F.N. Leman, Boston, MA.
Dimensions: 96.25" L, 19.75" H, 2.5" D.

346-34 - SOLD




Trade Sign, Antique, Original Paint, Highly Stylized
Couch Signs - SOLD


Antique Trade Sign, Couch Signs, Original Paint, entire view

(Dimensions: 36 by 8 by 1".)

216-432 - SOLD




Trade Sign, Gun Shop, Shotgun Form, Carved, Original Paint
Circa 1875 to 1900'ish
Anonymous - SOLD


Antique Trade Sign, Shotgun, Gun Shop, right side view

A carved and black painted wood gunsmith's sign in the form of a double barrel percussion shotgun; complete with trigger guard, rammer, hammers and sights.
Trigger guard partially restored; missing buttplate. Length: 67".

876-11 - SOLD




Trade Sign, the Cock Pit Tea Room, Original Paint on Wood
Antique, circa 1880 to 1900ish
Probably English
Five tongue and groove boards mortised and tenoned to end battens - SOLD


Antique Trade Sign, Cock Pit Tea Room, Original Paint, Circa 1880 to 1900ish, side 1 view

Water damage at top, some paint loss, one side stronger than other
Dimensions: 27.25" H, 24" W, .75" D.

121-164 - SOLD




Cast Iron Sign, HORSES AT A WALK –
MOTOR VEHICLES 10 MILES PER HR
Lebanon Machine Co., Lebanon, Pennsylvania
Probably a bridge sign
Date/Period: Circa 1920 - SOLD


Cast Iron Sign, HORSES AT A WALK – MOTOR VEHICLES 10 MILES PER HR Lebanon Machine Co., Lebanon, Pennsylvania Probably a bridge sign, entire view

Measurement: 31.5" x 15.75" x .75

Material: Cast Iron

Condition: Light surface rust.

Additional Information: This sign, "Speed Limit / Horses At A Walk / Motor Vehicles 10
Miles Per Hour" was cast by the Lebanon Machine Co., Lebanon, Pennsylvania; the
company produced lamp posts, street and road signs. We found several listings for the
company, most notably within the May 1919 publication of Town & County Edition of
The American City.

SOLD

977-72




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


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")

SOLD

898-37




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")

SOLD

710-44




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, 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




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




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




Antique Trade Sign, Pocket Watch,
Watches & Jewelry, Eyeglasses
19th Century - SOLD


Antique Trade Sign, Pocket Watch, Watches & Jewelry, Eyeglasses, entire view 1

22" x 12" (dial diameter) x 2.75"

Cast Iron, zinc, and paint

American
Rare small size two-sided cast iron pocket watch suspending eyeglasses having coined
edge, zinc dial, iron bow, crown, and stem…rare cast iron eyeglasses. Very good
original paint, great patina…of course the windward side displays some thinning and
loss to pant yet displays beautifully

SOLD

1310-84




Antique Trade Sign, SILVERWARE,
Etched Black Glass, Silver Enameling,
Molded Frame Clad in Copper
Circa 1890 to 1910ish - SOLD


Antique Silverware Trade Sign, Etched Black Glass with Silver Enameling, Circa 1890, entire view

(46 by 8 by 1")

SOLD

632-51




19th Century Trade Sign,
FISH MARKET, Original Paint - SOLD


19th Century Trade Sign, FISH MARKET, Original Paint, entire view

The stylized mustard letters and painted border featuring convex corners are painted on
a now oxidized blue ground. The sign retains original paint; the border above the “T”
has thinned due to being frequently wet during the signs working life.
(Length: 74"; Height: 11"; depth: 1.25")

SOLD

1334-9




Antique Sign, Horns Hoot Here,
Original Paint, Dry Surface
First half 20th Century
Unknown Maker - SOLD


Antique Sign, Horns Hoot Here, Original Paint, 1st Half 20th Century, entire view

(16.75 by 14.75 by 1")

SOLD

290-11




Antique Tavern Sign, Pub,
Wrought and Sheet Iron Rampant Heraldic Lion
Late 18th Century to Early 19th Century,
Probably English
Painted detail against a gilt ground - SOLD


Antique Tavern/Pub Sign with Sheet Iron Rampant Heraldic Lion, 18th Century, entire view 1

(As generally fount, one side displays stronger paint, the other thinning; losses to frame; 21 by 16”)

SOLD

661-35




Vintage Trade Sign, Carved Wood Sales Stimulator, Borden’s Dairy Milk Bottle, Original Paint - SOLD


Vintage Trade Sign, Carved Wood Sales Stimulator, Borden’s Dairy Milk Bottle, Original Paint, entire view

Early 20th century, three dimensional turned wood bottle featuring smaltz lettering on original white painted ground.
Founded in 1857 in Connecticut, pioneered the use of glass bottles in 1885. (Excellent original condition…very small
area of in-paint to left side above shoulder; Height: 14.25"; width: 5"; depth: 2.5")

SOLD

451-16




Antique Trade Sign or Weathervane
Carved and Gilded Fish Mongers and/or Weathervane in the Form of a Bluefish
Unknown Maker, Late 19th Century - SOLD


Antique Trade Sign and/or Weathervane Carved and Gilded Fish Mongers  in the Form of a Bluefish
Unknown Maker, Late 19th Century

A full-bodied anatomically correct rendering featuring carved details such as fins, scales and a slightly open mouth. The carving displays a historic surface history. It appears that it was at one time cantilevered, likely surmounting a signboard as evidenced by two filled small apertures [top-to-bottom] that accommodated hardware.

176-183 - SOLD




Trade Sign, Early American, Original Paint, Sash, Blinds and Doors
New England, First Half 19th Century
Raised panel, mortise, tenon and peg construction, White Pine - SOLD


Antique Trade Sign, Sash Blinds and Doors, New England, entire view

(Excellent original condition; 20 by 44.25")

479-11 - SOLD




Trade Sign, “Signs”, 4-Colors Centering Black Sand Painted (Smaltz) Ground, On Tin
Original Paint, Two Shades of Green, Orange and Silver
There is a TYDOL stencil on the reverse suggesting repurposing of frame; 2nd Qtr. 20th C. - SOLD


Antique 'Signs' Trade Sign in Four Colors, On Tin, Signed Edwards, entire view

(72.5 by 15 by 1.25”)

935-24 - SOLD




Trade Sign, W.P. Holden, 19th Century, Original Graphic Mustard Yellow and Black Paint
Anonymous Location and Painter - SOLD


Antique Trade Sign for W.P. Holden, 19th Century, entire view

(End molding are replaced, else original; L: 84.5", H: 14.75", D: 2.25")

410-148 - SOLD




Quarter Board, Signboard, Provincetown, Carved, Original Surface History
Provincetown, Massachusetts, 19th Century - SOLD


Antique Quarter Board, Provincetown, Original Surface, 19th Century, entire view

An honest sign displaying the inevitable vestiges' of time, Mother Nature's Wear
All but one end with canted edges; end grain oxidation and patina suggest that the sign may have butted against an architectural element; doesn't appear to have been cut in modern time. Other minor imperfections are consistent with longtime use; some working period overpaint to first "O" and "I", else original. (L: 60", H: 8")

1032-121 - SOLD




Trade Sign, Pelgrim Cigar, Turned and Painted Wood, Painted Band and Lit Ash
Anonymous, Antique/Vintage - SOLD


Antique Trade Sign, Pelgrim Cigar, Turned and Painted, Anonymous, angle view

(Wear commensurate with age and use, dings and minor losses; mounting hardware witness shadows, else fine; mounting bracket available; L: 36")

928-60 - SOLD




Sign, Trade, Pianos, Strong Gilt Graphics against Smalted Background
New York City, Late 19th Century
Strich & Zeidler Pianos Sold by John H. Stunz, Hazelton, Pennsylvania
Jazzy lettering - SOLD


Antique Trade Sign, Strich and Zeidler Pianos Sold, New York City, 19th Century, entire view

William Strich founded the manufacturing business in New York City circa 1889 the business was located at 134th Street before moving to East 136th Street in the 1920's era, they were successful until the Great Depression. (Fine original condition; 15.75 by 54.25")

216-511 - SOLD




Antique Trade Sign, Furs Made To Order and Repaired, Canvas on Frame
Signed B. Black
Unknown Location
Green, gold, and white paint on sand textured black painted canvas - SOLD


Antique Trade Sign, Furs Made to Order, Canvas on Frame, entire view

(Very good condition, extremely minor imperfections consistent with age and medium; 72 by 14.5 by 1")

1062-1 - SOLD




Hardware, Iron and Steel Trade Sign, Embossed Letters, Best Patina
C.L. Genness
Dover, New Hampshire - SOLD

Hardware, Iron and Steel Trade Sign, Embossed Letters, Best Patina
C.L. Genness
Dover, New Hampshire, entire view

(32.5 by 22")

906-5 - SOLD




Trade Sign, Vermont Inn, Double Sided, Wooden, M (arshall) WHITHED
Marshal Whithed located in Vernon in 1820, where he engaged in the mercantile business; the store and hotel of Mr. Whithed were the only ones in town for several years.
Signed by Sign Maker "F.VAN DOORN" (Brother of Anthony Van Doorn)
Possibly Made In Anthony VAN DOORNS' Shop
Brattleboro, Vermont
Original wrought iron hanging brackets, surface and gilding - SOLD


Antique Trade Sign, Vermont Inn, M. Whithed, side 1 view

It is know that Anthony and Frederick were in partnership before 1831 until 1836 suggesting that this sign may have been made just before or after the partnership. Frederick was advertising "Paints & Painting" about 1740; he moved to Rochester in 1843. Other information available for the asking; (Dimensions: 24" H, 72.5" W, 3.5" D.)

553-377 - SOLD




Trade Sign, Shoe Repairing
Unknown Maker
Circa 1900
Hand lettered, dry paint on sand painted ground - SOLD


Antique Trade Sign, Shoe Repairing, Circa 1900, entire view

(Perhaps some early working period paint refreshing; 58.25 by 16.5")

121-189 - SOLD




Nitschke Trade Sign
Umbrella Repair, Picture Frames and Sewing Machine Repair
19th Century - SOLD


Antique Trade Sign, Nitschke, Umbrella Repair, Sewing Machine Repair, 19th Century

Dimensions: 65.75" high, 31.875" wide, 2.25" deep.

231-34 - SOLD




Trade Sign, Blue Sand Ground, Silver Lettering, Furniture and Mattress Repair
Found in Maine
Late 19th Century
Pine, applied moldings, excellent original condition, expected wear - SOLD


Antique Trade Sign, Furniture and Mattress Repair, Late 19th Century, entire view

(L: 61", H: 16", D: 1")

285-88 - SOLD




Trade Sign, Dispensing Department, Original Blue Paint
Mortar and Pestle
Second Half 19th Century
Softwood - SOLD


Antique Trade Sign, Dispensing Department, Mortar and Pestle, Original Paint

An outstanding serpentine shape having gold powder gilt lettering with light steel-blue silhouette; motor and pestle of matching color on tabletop. (80 by 43.5 by 1.5".)

SHF-256 - SOLD




Jeweler's Trade Sign
Circa 1900
Zinc - SOLD


Antique Trade Sign, Jeweler's Shop, Circa 1900, Watch Form

This two sided sign in the form of a pocket watch is made of sheet zinc and retains original surface history; several layers of paint and gilding. The most recent is probably early 20th century. In generally very good condition with "as expected" dings and dents...the seams of swing ring which surrounds the pendant crown will benefit from soldering. (Height: 41 inches; width: 29 inches; depth: 7 inches.)

144-7 - SOLD




Trade Sign, Tin
Continental Fire Insurance Company
Minute Man - SOLD


Antique Trade Sign, Continental Fire Insurance, Tin, close up view

Framed painted tin sign in excellent condition.
Dimensions: 20.25 by 30.5".

883-4 - SOLD




Trade Sign, Watches, Clocks, Jewelry, Optical Goods
Double Sided, Full Bodied Cast Sheet Iron and Zinc
American
19th Century - SOLD


Antique Trade Sign, Watches, Clocks, Jewelry, Optical Goods, entire view

This rare form in useable size is finely cast; the border cast with JEWLERY, CLOCKS, and WATCHES; double convex dial with painted Roman numerals, hands and chapter ring. The eye glasses are suspended from the bezel and joined by "C" bridge; they are cast with OPTICAL GOODS, and feature concave corners and cast scroll ornamentation The suspension ring with twist and knop detail is fixed to faceted crown. (H: 32.5"; W: 24.75"; D: 3")

270-91 - SOLD




Trade Sign, Grove's Tasteless Chill Tonic
Ex Raccoon Creek
Circa 1900
Wooden - SOLD


Antique Trade Sign, Grove's Tasteless Chill Tonic, Circa 1900, entire view

(23.75 by 29.25")

661-23 - SOLD




Trade Sign, Old Paint, Mahantongo Valley, Pennsylvania
Pitman Post Office
Late 19th Century - SOLD


Antique Trade Sign, Pitman Post Office, 19th Century

This square-nailed two-sided sign is beautifully molded and features a dry and weathered patina. (15.5 x 33.5 inches.)

205-35 - SOLD




Trade Sign, E.E. Joy / Cash Store, Excellent Original Condition, Maine, Circa 1880
The business was located on Summer Street, Kennebunk
Wonderful silhouette, lettering and surface - SOLD


Antique Cash Store Trade Sign, E.E. Joy, Circa 1880, Original Condition, entire view

(L: 99.5", H: 27.75", D: 1")

505-129 - SOLD




Sign, Trade, Tackle, Cod Fish,
Molded Copper, Black Lettering
American, Circa 1870-1900
(Possibly E.G. Washburne & Co.)
Both sides gold painted with applied black lettering - SOLD


Sign, Trade, Tackle, Cod Fish,
Molded Copper, Black Lettering
American, Circa 1870-1900, entire view

We have seen three identical signs during our 35-year tenure, this being the fourth. On page 24 of the 1882 Thomas Jones catalog is a “FISH, FOR SWINGING SIGNS AND TACKLE” we mention this because these forms were made specifically as quoted. See page 14 of the undated 19th century Washburne catalog for an identical closed mouth forked tail form. (Excellent condition; height: 7"; length: 30")

608-65 - SOLD




Quarter Board, Topgallant Bulwarks, Carved, Painted, Gilded, Original Condition
American White Pine
Second Half Nineteenth Century
Deeply and crisply carved, best acorn terminus, great blue green color - SOLD


Antique Quarter Board, Stern Board, Hamlet, entire view

(L: 88.5": H: 9.5"; D: 1")

410-122 - SOLD




Antique Tobacconist Trade Sign, Flattie,
Profile of Native American Holding Cigar Bundles
Anonymous, Found in Illinois,
circa 1860-1870, Double Sided Pine
Detailed carving and a historic surface history - SOLD


Tobacconist Trade Sign, Flattie, Profile of Native American Holding Cigar Bundles
Anonymous, Found in Illinois, circa 1860-1870

Likely cantilevered from base. Winward side displays thinning and paint loss; a wood knot is missing from earlobe… looks like an earring.
(Very good condition; height: 79"; width: 22.25"; depth: 2.25")

928-102 - SOLD




Vintage Advertising Sign –
Jantzen Swimsuits – Red Diving Girl
1923 - 1930 - SOLD


Vintage Advertising Sign – Jantzen Swimsuits – Red Diving Girl, entire view

95.5" x 22.5" 1.5"

Painted on tinned sheet iron

Jantzen Knitting Mills, Portland, Oregon
Extremely Rare Trade Sign

1916, when Jantzen introduced a collection of figure-hugging suits sporting shorter
shorts and even cutouts in 1916 they changed the term “bathing suit” to “swimming suit”
to justify their more revealing suits as athletic. We found a circa 1930 Jantzen
Swimwear poster featuring a closely related illustration.

1.The Red Diving Girl made her first appearance on the Jantzen catalog in 1920,
wearing her own cap and stockings. This iconic logo was designed by Frank and
Florenz Clark, freelance artists who worked with Jantzen’s advertising agency.
Billboards featuring the Diving Girl appeared along highways leading to beaches in San
Francisco, Los Angeles, and Portland. In 1921, Jantzen published its first national
advertisements for swimming suits in Vogue and Life magazines. The full-color ads
were illustrated by prominent artists such as Coles Phillips and Anita Parkhurst. It was a
gutsy and visionary move for a small knitting company in remote Portland.

Jantzen first used its slogan, "The suit that changed bathing to swimming," in an
advertising campaign in 1923. The Diving Girl began appearing on swimsuits and as
decals that showed up on automobile windshields across the country. In 1924, the
registrar of motor vehicles in Boston determined that the silhouette of a bathing girl was
too distracting and banned the decals from cars in the interest of safety. By the end of
the decade, the Diving Girl had become an international symbol, now without her cap
and stockings. The image is still part of the Jantzen logo, making the Diving Girl one of
the longest-lived apparel icons in advertising history.
1. The Oregon Encyclopedia, A Project of the Oregon Historical Society,
Adrienne Denaro

SOLD

1310-93




Diddlin Dora’s / Madam DuFran, Historic Brothel Sign / The Old West, South Dakota Cathouse
Colored & Chinese / White Women / $3.50 & $5.00
Belle Fourche, South Dakota
Date/Period: Late 19th to Early 20th Century - SOLD


Diddlin Dora’s / Madam DuFran, Historic Brothel Sign / The Old West, South Dakota Cathouse, entire view 1

Measurement: Frame: 16.25" x 14.25"; sign: 12.5" x 8.125"

Material: Heavy sheet brass, includes a walnut frame having a Hotel Cody back mark.

Condition: Excellent.

Additional Information: A HISTORIC TRADE SIGN FOR CATHOUSE – HOUSE OF ILL REPUTE
Madam Dora DuFran or Dora Bolshaw (née Amy Helen Dorothy Bolshaw) (November 16, 1868 - August 5,
1934) was one of the leading and most successful madams in the Old West days of South Dakota.
More than a few inhabitants of early Fargo sought economic opportunities in the local sex trade, and the
intersectionality of class, gender, sexuality, and race was central to their varying degrees of success. Early
day Belle Fourche was a cow town, catering to the needs and wishes of the cattlemen and cowboys. One
street, now 5th Avenue, is still called Saloon Street by old-timers.
Dora was born in Liverpool, England and immigrated to the United States with her parents Joseph John
(November 14, 1842 - March 26, 1911) and Isabella Neal (Cummings) Bolshaw (November 12, 1844 - April
12, 1911) sometime around 1869. The family settled first at Bloomfield, New Jersey, then moved to Lincoln,
Nebraska in 1876 or 1877. Dora was an extremely good-looking woman in her youth and became involved
in prostitution around the age of 13 or 14. She then became a dance hall girl, calling herself Amy Helen
Bolshaw. The gold rush hit Deadwood, South Dakota when she was around 15…the enterprising Dora
promoted herself to Madam and began operating a brothel; she is widely credited with coining the term
cathouse” for a house of prostitution. Madam Dora DuFran one of the most successful businesswomen in
South Dakota operating several brothels. The most popular was called "Diddlin' Dora's", located on Fifth
Avenue in Belle Fourche, South Dakota. "Diddlin' Dora's” advertised itself as 'Three D's - Dining, Drinking,
and Dancing - a place where you can bring your mother.
' That may have been true of the lower level,
perhaps, but the upstairs was reserved for her girls and their clients. Dora’s occupation was
commemorated with little devils depicted dancing on the urns that decorated her eventual grave. She
donated a huge amount of money to those in need, often offering up her rooms to the sick and the
struggling. She was known for her surprisingly good relationship with her husband, Joseph, who is buried
beside her and her pet parrot in a family plot.

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