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.
19th Century Trade Sign, Original Paint
Unknown, circa 1880
Mustard & Gray Paint on Sheet Iron
JAMES LAW / LADIES [boot] & [shoe] MAKER - SOLD
(Very good original condition: 14" x 20")
Antique Optometrist Trade Sign, Eyeglasses, Painted Eyes, Banner with Name
American, 19th Century
Zinc and Sheet Iron…rare small size, historic surface - SOLD
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”)
Trade Sign in Original Paint, Nice Small Size, G. Kruger Boot & Shoe Maker
Anonymous, 19th Century - SOLD
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
(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
(26.5 by 37 by .5”)
935-21 - SOLD
19th Century Trade Sign, Shoe Department, Original Paint and Molding
Unknown Maker - SOLD
(93 by 16 by 1.5”)
935-25 - SOLD
Sign, The Salvation Army, Original Paint
Early 20th Century - SOLD
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
(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
Two sided, original paint and wrought iron hangers - SOLD
(37 by 28.25 by 1")
290-12 - SOLD
Trade Sign, Dr. Barrows Office, Original Surface History
Wonderful dry surface, mustard yellow lettering - SOLD
(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
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
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
(96 by 11.25 by .75")
346-42 - SOLD
Pewter Candlestick, Trade Stimulator, Trade Sign, Massive
Anonymous, antique, countertop or shop window - SOLD
Dimensions: 24" H.
497-70 - SOLD
Trade Sign, Hardware
Late 19th Century
Gold on black ground; applied molding - SOLD
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
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
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
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
Clocks, Watches & Jewelry Repaired
E. Spencer - SOLD
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
Very good condition. (60 x 15.25 x 2.5 inches)
722-7 - SOLD
Trade Sign, Factory Shoe Store
19th Century - SOLD
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
(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
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
Five tongue and groove boards mortised and tenoned to end battens - SOLD
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
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.
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
(Fine original condition; 71.75" x 14.5" x .75")
Antique Carved & Painted Trade Sign, Fish Monger
Anonymous, 19th Century
Greenish-blue paint - SOLD
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")
Trade Sign, VIRGINA SHELLED PENUTS No.1 Date/Period: Circa 1900 - SOLD
Measurement: 30.25" x 11.5" x .75"
Material: Hard yellow pine
Condition: Strong paint, typical selective weathering, thinning; minor edge chip
Trade Sign, Painted, Luckner / Master Magician & Illusionist, America Date/Period: Circa 1930-1950 - SOLD
Measurement: 31.5" x 41.5" x .75"
Material: Painted on plywood with applied side moldings
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.
Antique Trade Sign, Jeweler, Watchmaker, Pocket Watch Form Date/Period: Third quarter 19th century - SOLD
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.
Painted Wood Trade Sign, J. Gumbinger / Optician
Circa 1890-1900 - SOLD
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.
Antique Trade Sign, Pocket Watch, Watches & Jewelry, Eyeglasses
19th Century - SOLD
22" x 12" (dial diameter) x 2.75"
Cast Iron, zinc, and paint
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
Antique Trade Sign, SILVERWARE, Etched Black Glass, Silver Enameling, Molded Frame Clad in Copper
Circa 1890 to 1910ish - SOLD
(46 by 8 by 1")
19th Century Trade Sign,
FISH MARKET, Original Paint - SOLD
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")
Antique Sign, Horns Hoot Here, Original Paint, Dry Surface
First half 20th Century
Unknown Maker - SOLD
(16.75 by 14.75 by 1")
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
(As generally fount, one side displays stronger paint, the other thinning; losses to frame; 21 by 16”)
Vintage Trade Sign, Carved Wood Sales Stimulator, Borden’s Dairy Milk Bottle, Original Paint - SOLD
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")
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
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
(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
(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
Quarter Board, Signboard, Provincetown, Carved, Original Surface History
Provincetown, Massachusetts, 19th Century - SOLD
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
(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
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
Green, gold, and white paint on sand textured black painted canvas - SOLD
(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
Dover, New Hampshire - SOLD
(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
Original wrought iron hanging brackets, surface and gilding - SOLD
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
Hand lettered, dry paint on sand painted ground - SOLD
(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
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
(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
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
Zinc - SOLD
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
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
19th Century - SOLD
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
Wooden - SOLD
(23.75 by 29.25")
661-23 - SOLD
Trade Sign, Old Paint, Mahantongo Valley, Pennsylvania
Pitman Post Office
Late 19th Century - SOLD
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
(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
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
(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
Detailed carving and a historic surface history - SOLD
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")
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,
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.
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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