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Vintage Wooden Bike Route Sign
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Vintage wood bike route signs from Berlin, CT. Scratches and signs of use. Very unusual to find
Category

Vintage 1960s American Signs

Materials

Wood

Vintage Wooden Bike Route Sign
Vintage Wooden Bike Route Sign
H 12 in W 18 in D 0.5 in
Vintage 'IN USE' Illuminated Sign, 1980s England
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Slender "IN USE" lighted box sign dating from the 1980s. Likely used outside of rooms containing X
Category

Vintage 1980s American Signs

Materials

Metal

in Use, Vintage Hospital X-Ray Sign, circa 1980
Located in Faversham, GB
Vintage London hospital x-ray sign that hung above the x-ray room door of the inpatient ward. The
Category

20th Century British Mid-Century Modern Signs

Materials

Aluminum

Large Illuminated Advertisement for HB cigarettes, 1970s
Located in Praha, CZ
Large wall advertisment light Good original condition with signs of use The top part is missing
Category

Vintage 1970s Czech Mid-Century Modern Signs

Materials

Iron

English Sheep Sign Used for Woolen Store in Leek, Staffordshire UK Reproduction
Located in Chicago, IL
Decades ago, we purchased a hand-carved wood Sheep Sign that was hanging outside the
Category

2010s American Country Signs

Materials

Wood, Plaster

"News of the World" Enameled Porcelain Sign c.1940
Located in San Francisco, CA
ABOUT Single sided porcelain sign advertising the English newspaper, News of the World
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Early 20th Century British Industrial Signs

Materials

Metal, Enamel

Set of Three Folk Art Straight Edge Razor Trade Signs
Located in Stamford, CT
Three whimsical American folk carved wood art trade signs in the form of straight edge razors. Used
Category

Early 20th Century American Folk Art Signs

Materials

Wood

1955 Sign Fyffes Bananas
Located in Antwerp, BE
with normal little traces of age and use. Counter display sign - Wall sign - Collecting old signs
Category

Mid-20th Century Belgian Signs

Materials

Tin

1955 Sign Fyffes Bananas
1955 Sign Fyffes Bananas
H 9.85 in W 6.89 in D 0.79 in
1920s Belgian Jenever Sign
Located in Antwerp, BE
1920s Belgian Jenever Sign. Antique sign - Art Deco sign for Jenever Made in Belgium: J
Category

Early 20th Century Belgian Art Deco Signs

Materials

Tin

1920s Belgian Jenever Sign
1920s Belgian Jenever Sign
H 20.08 in W 9.26 in D 0.79 in
Unusual Set of German Mid-20th Century Shop Trade Sign Tools
Located in London, GB
Unusual set of German mid-20th century shop trade sign tools Every now and again we are lucky
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Vintage 1950s German Folk Art Signs

Materials

Metal, Brass

Vintage DRUGS Street Sign
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Vintage DRUGS street sign with white background and black lettering. Interesting piece of
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Vintage 1970s American Signs

Materials

Steel

Vintage DRUGS Street Sign
Vintage DRUGS Street Sign
H 24 in W 18 in D 0.19 in
Vintage enamel fire sign, 1950s
Located in HEVERLEE, BE
used by the fire brigade during interventions or if this is a sign from a public building indicating an
Category

Vintage 1950s American Industrial Signs

Materials

Enamel

Vintage enamel fire sign, 1950s
Vintage enamel fire sign, 1950s
H 52.76 in W 11.82 in D 5.12 in
Vintage Reflective Bicycle Road Sign
Located in Burton, TX
This Vintage Reflective Road Sign depicts a black bicycle with a yellow background. Once used as a
Category

Late 20th Century American Signs

Materials

Metal

Vintage Reflective Bicycle Road Sign
Vintage Reflective Bicycle Road Sign
H 49 in W 49 in D 0.13 in
Vintage Reflective Truck Road Sign
Located in Burton, TX
This Vintage Reflective Road Sign depicts a black truck with a yellow background. Once used as a
Category

Late 20th Century American Signs

Materials

Metal

Vintage Reflective Truck Road Sign
Vintage Reflective Truck Road Sign
H 49 in W 49 in D 0.13 in
Elizabeth Arden Vintage Wooden Signs
Located in Milano, IT
cosmetics Pioneer, is made of white plexiglass, very flashy, with a cursive font. The sign was used in one
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Vintage 1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Signs

Materials

Aluminum

Elizabeth Arden Vintage Wooden Signs
Elizabeth Arden Vintage Wooden Signs
H 26.78 in W 4.34 in D 2.76 in
Antique Early 20th C Hanging Trade Shop Sign "Antiques" Star of David Solomon
Located in Lowestoft, GB
Hanging double sided trade sign, sheet metal with a black ground and gilt lettering. Two pretty
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Early 20th Century English Signs

Materials

Metal

Vintage Desk Sign, circa 1944
Located in San Francisco, CA
About An original wooden desk sign for Carl J. Wilkerson from Fort Knox, Kentucky. His years of
Category

Early 20th Century Signs

Materials

Wood, Plastic, Paper

Vintage Desk Sign, circa 1944
Vintage Desk Sign, circa 1944
H 2.5 in W 16 in D 1.5 in
1934 Tin Sign Belgian Beer Wielemans
Located in Antwerp, BE
1934 Tin sign for Belgian Beer of the brand Wielemans. An antique sign - advertising sign from the
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Mid-20th Century Belgian Art Deco Signs

Materials

Tin

1934 Tin Sign Belgian Beer Wielemans
1934 Tin Sign Belgian Beer Wielemans
H 18.71 in W 8.15 in D 0.2 in
Vintage German Beer Sign with Waiter
Located in Antwerp, BE
for German beer. This vintage sign dates 1950 - 1960 and can be used as wall decoration or can stand
Category

Mid-20th Century German Modern Signs

Materials

Other

Vintage German Beer Sign with Waiter
Vintage German Beer Sign with Waiter
H 16.54 in W 11.82 in D 0.12 in
Breitling Retail Store Display Advertising Sign
By Breitling
Located in Forney, TX
sign. Rare large free-standing example, only given to select dealers, featuring a tall rectangular
Category

Late 20th Century Industrial Signs

Materials

Metal, Chrome

Vintage Tobacco Advertising Sign, Belgium, 1950s
Located in Antwerp, BE
been used before ) or can be hung as Wall Decoration - Wall Art It's a New Old Stock Sign, so in very
Category

Mid-20th Century Belgian Signs

Materials

Paper

Tin Sign Belgian Beer Cuver Ale, 1937
Located in Antwerp, BE
sign is still in beautiful condition with little traces of age and use so do view pictures well. Beer
Category

Mid-20th Century Belgian Art Deco Signs

Materials

Tin

Tin Sign Belgian Beer Cuver Ale, 1937
Tin Sign Belgian Beer Cuver Ale, 1937
H 13.78 in W 9.69 in D 0.2 in
Very Early X-Ray Building Sign
Located in Peekskill, NY
This is one of the best signs I've ever had. It's 10 feet 8 inches long by 19 inches by 5 inches
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Antique Late 19th Century American Industrial Signs

Materials

Tin

Very Early X-Ray Building Sign
Very Early X-Ray Building Sign
H 19 in W 128 in D 5 in
Early Danish Double Sided Neon Bakery Sign
Located in Peekskill, NY
sign was a handmade and one-off being produced by a skilled metal fabricator. It was most likely used
Category

Early 20th Century Danish Industrial Signs

Materials

Steel

1930s Sign with Calendar for French Wine
Located in Antwerp, BE
everywhere. This vintage sign is still in very beautiful condition, with minor traces of use. If you turn
Category

Mid-20th Century French Art Deco Signs

Materials

Other

1930s Sign with Calendar for French Wine
1930s Sign with Calendar for French Wine
H 13.59 in W 9.65 in D 0.4 in
Mid-20th Century 'Illegitimi non Carborundum' Sign
Located in Chicago, IL
Originally an expression used by British Army Intelligence during WWII, then adopted as a motto by
Category

Mid-20th Century American Signs

Materials

Wood

English Pub Sign, "Benskins (Puss in Boots)"
Located in Austin, TX
An authentic English pub sign (one-sided) featuring a painting of a cat playing a violin fiddle
Category

20th Century English Signs

Materials

Metal

20thc "Meat Market" Trade Sign from Pennsylvania
Located in Los Angeles, CA
The patina is so wonderful on this 20thc Meat Market trade sign. The sign is in good used
Category

20th Century American Adirondack Signs

Materials

Wood

19th Century Hat Makers Metal Trade Sign
Located in London, GB
19th Century Hat Makers Metal Trade Sign A rare example of a late 19th Century toleware hand
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Antique Early 1900s French Victorian Signs

Materials

Metal

Antique Sign for Bicycles Delta, Belgium, 1934
Located in Antwerp, BE
Large Art Deco tin advertising sign for bicycles of the Belgian Brand Delta. This Belgian tin
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Mid-20th Century Belgian Art Deco Signs

Materials

Metal

Antique Sign for Bicycles Delta, Belgium, 1934
Antique Sign for Bicycles Delta, Belgium, 1934
H 27.56 in W 19.69 in D 0.08 in
1961 Advertising Sign MARTINI BLANC , Apéritif Beverage
Located in Antwerp, BE
). It is in good but used condition. If you keep the sign in a certain angle to heavy light , you will
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Mid-20th Century Belgian Mid-Century Modern Signs

Materials

Tin, Other

Porcelain Belgian Beer Sign, Three Stars Leopold, 1950s
Located in Antwerp, BE
gloss. The borders of the sign do have some traces of time and use. The 6 suspensions are still there
Category

Mid-20th Century Belgian Modern Signs

Materials

Metal

Antique Vintage Rustic Folk Art Metal Farm Sign
Located in Stockbridge, GB
so there are signs of wear from use. Further Details: Price is for a single sign
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Mid-20th Century English Rustic Signs

Materials

Cut Steel

Early 20th century double sided metal fairground sign
Located in London, GB
Early 20th century double sided metal fairground sign A charming authentic double sided metal
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Vintage 1940s Folk Art Signs

Materials

Metal

Folk Art Giant Metal Scissors Industrial Store Display Sign
By Industrial Design
Located in Atlanta, GA
the sign was originally used as a trade sign for a tailor shop or a millinery store. The sign is made
Category

Mid-20th Century French Folk Art Signs

Materials

Metal, Chrome

Edwardian Wall Hung Shop Sign, Kirbys’ Wardrobes Purchased
Located in Chillerton, Isle of Wight
is a wooden sign painted on both sides and hanging on a blacksmith made Iron bracket, still in use in
Category

Early 20th Century Folk Art Signs

Materials

Wood

Letter Painter Kvetoslav Dostal Shop Sign, circa 1900
Located in Wien, AT
This vintage sign comes from the shop of Prague letter painter Kvetoslav Dostal. It was probably
Category

Antique Late 19th Century Czech Arts and Crafts Signs

Materials

Iron

Early 20th Century Double Sided Clock Makers Trade Sign
Located in London, GB
Early 20th Century Double Sided Clock Makers Trade Sign A working example of an early 20th
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Vintage 1920s French Late Victorian Signs

Materials

Zinc

Vintage Hand Painted African Barbershop Sign Original Hairdresser Advertising
Located in Bristol, GB
1930s-1950s period. The sign is in good vintage condition, there is some wear present and old repairs
Category

20th Century Signs

Materials

Wood, Paint

Stella Artois Belgian Beer Sign by Rob Otten, 1960s
By Rob Otten
Located in Antwerp, BE
used in the pub or cafe to hang on the wall. Collectable Signs - Old Signs - Vintage signs - Vintage
Category

Mid-20th Century Belgian Modern Signs

Materials

Other

Singer Sign with Tailor and Singer Sewing Machine, 1930s
Located in Antwerp, BE
, tailor store and for a Sign Collector. In good but vintage condition so with traces of age and use so
Category

Mid-20th Century Belgian Art Deco Signs

Materials

Tin

Vintage Elizabeth Arden Signs in Wood and Painted Aluminum
Located in Milano, IT
cosmetics pioneer, is made of white plexiglass, very flashy, with a cursive font. The sign was used in one
Category

Vintage 1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Signs

Materials

Aluminum

Antique American Art Deco Early Frigidaire Metal Advertising Sign
Located in Forney, TX
A scarce, likely one-of-a-kind, antique American Frigidaire enameled metal advertising sign, early
Category

Early 20th Century American Art Deco Signs

Materials

Metal, Enamel

Antique Sign Cream Separator Melotte Belgium by National Works Smethwick
Located in Antwerp, BE
Antique large tin sign for the Belgian cream separator brand Mélotte, which was based in Belgium in
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Early 20th Century Belgian Industrial Signs

Materials

Tin

Vintage Double Sided Metal Motor Oil Sign c.1930
Located in San Francisco, CA
ABOUT An original distressed double sided metal sign "Super Motor Oil" on one side and "Sonoco
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Early 20th Century Industrial Signs

Materials

Metal

Large Painted Iron "Parrot" Sign, France, Early 20th Century
Located in Isle Sur La Sorgue, Vaucluse
sign used to hang in front of a French Maison Close (bordello), at the beginning of the 20th century.
Category

Early 20th Century French Belle Époque Signs

Materials

Iron

Large Antique Wooden "Keep Maine Green" Sign c.1940-1950
Located in San Francisco, CA
ABOUT A hand painted wood sign with applied letters "Keep Maine Green". CREATOR Unknown
Category

Early 20th Century Industrial Signs

Materials

Wood, Plastic

1960s, Green & White Painted Steel 'Two Hour Parking' Street Sign
Located in Philadelphia, PA
vintage sign! Date: 20th Century Overall Condition: It is in overall good, as-pictured, used
Category

20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Signs

Materials

Steel

1956 Advertising Sign with Bull for Metaroc Cement Building Materials
Located in Antwerp, BE
trying to push against the strong cement. Beautiful use of the colors red and blue. This vintage sign
Category

Mid-20th Century Belgian Mid-Century Modern Signs

Materials

Tin

Early 20th c. Toleware Glove Maker's Store Sign c.1940
Located in San Francisco, CA
ABOUT An original French glove maker's store sign. Enameled painted metal with gold, stitched
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Early 20th Century French Victorian Signs

Materials

Metal

Early 20th Century Double Sided Toleware French Dentists Trade Sign
Located in London, GB
Early 20th Century Double Sided Toleware French Dentists Trade Sign An original untouched example
Category

Vintage 1910s French Late Victorian Signs

Materials

Sheet Metal

"Health Chiropractic, " Cast Metal Trade Sign, Art Deco, Midcentury
Located in Philadelphia, PA
advertising art from the late 19th and early 20th century. The use of the angel figure as a chiropractic
Category

Vintage 1940s American Art Deco Signs

Materials

Aluminum

Zinc and Gold Horse Head Butchers Trade Sign Flemish 1860
Located in Hastings, GB
19th century Flemish gilt zinc horse head trade sign. This beautiful hand made sign was used by a
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Antique 1860s Belgian Folk Art Signs

Materials

Zinc

Large Early 20th Century American Usg Sheetrock Advertising Porcelain Sign
Located in Forney, TX
sign, early 20th century, industrial American Art Deco Modern taste. The large blue, orange and
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Early 20th Century American Industrial Signs

Materials

Metal, Enamel

Large Woolworth & Co Gilt Metal Number Ten Sign Wall Sculpture
Located in Hopewell, NJ
Very large cast metal “10” from one of the iconic F.W. Woolworth 5 & 10 cent store front signs
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Vintage 1920s American Signs

Materials

Metal

Vintage Elks Club Hand Painted Event Sign Donkey Armchair Races
Located in Santa Monica, CA
This was a really fun find! "All Elks and Their Ladies." Hand painted event and dance signs for
Category

Vintage 1940s Signs

Materials

Paper

Early 20th Century Double Sided Metal Boot Makers Trade Sign
Located in London, GB
Early 20th century double sided metal boot makers trade sign. A highly decorative double sided
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Vintage 1930s French Folk Art Signs

Materials

Metal

Vintage Enamel & Steel 'Pratt & Lambert Paint & Varnish' Advertising Store Sign
Located in Philadelphia, PA
A fine vintage double-sided enamel advertising sign. For the famed Pratt & Lambert paint company
Category

20th Century North American Signs

Materials

Enamel, Steel

Gilt Verre Églomisé, Cheap Funerals Trade Shop Sign Oliver Twist
Located in Lowestoft, GB
, two original iron hanging hooks. The sign was used in the adaptation of Dickens 1838 novel Oliver
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Early 20th Century English Signs

Materials

Wrought Iron

Large Wm. Youngers Ales Stained Glass Pub Sign from Scotland
Located in Austin, TX
design, the pub sign was originally used as a room divider in a pub. Makes a statement for a bar or a
Category

Early 20th Century Scottish Signs

Materials

Lead, Metal

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    The font used on London street signs is usually Univers Bold Condensed. However, local councils have the freedom to choose their own fonts, so you may see variations from the usual typeface in some places. You'll find a large collection of typographic art on 1stDibs.
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    If the Orrefors piece was made using the Ariel technique, then yes, the piece will be signed by the artist and will also have a serial number and date code to help specify the production date. Shop a collection of expertly vetted Orrefors designs from some of the world’s top boutiques on 1stDibs.
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    A signed print is when the artwork was produced by the means of transferring ink into a particular medium like paper, wood, metal, etc., and then is hand-signed by the artist. And if the print is part of a 'limited edition' would be numbered as well.
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    A signed lithograph is an art print produced with a particular method that bears the artist's real signature, signed in ink. The term lithograph refers to a print made by drawing an image onto a stone, etching the stone with chemicals and then applying ink. The term signed lithograph is different from a plate-signed lithograph, where the artist adds their signature to the stone to transfer it onto finished prints rather than signing their works by hand. Explore a large collection of lithographs on 1stDibs.
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    Porcelain signs are thin metal sheets bonded with durable glass coating at a high temperature. It is further coated with enamel for protection. Because of its multi-layer coating, these signs are thicker than painted metal signs. Visit 1stDibs for a collection of porcelain signs.
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    Serigraphy is a form of silkscreening or silk printing. It can be used to recreate original artworks in larger quantities. These are artworks of their own right and they take a lot of skill and time to create, but they are not as labor intensive as the original artwork. Because serigraphs are often reprints of artworks, a signature helps confirm authenticity. On 1stDibs, find a variety of original artwork from top artists.
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    No, not all Bitossi is signed. A small number bear no marks at all. Most have either a hand-applied signature or a stamp that says "Italy" or "Made in Italy." You'll find a collection of expertly vetted Bitossi decorative objects and lighting on 1stDibs.
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    A wagon was once used to transport people or goods. Many types have been developed over the years from two-wheeled garden wagons for moving soil and plants to covered wagons that carried settlers across the United States during the 19th century. Shop an assortment of wagons on 1stDibs.
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    A barometer is a piece of equipment used to measure the barometric pressure, also known as atmospheric pressure. A barometer typically has a gauge or screen that displays the current atmospheric pressure. Once you know the atmospheric pressure, you can predict the weather. Shop an array of barometers from top sellers on 1stDibs.
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    To use a sextant, find the horizon inside of the mirror and move the arm until you can also see the object you are attempting to locate. Then, calculate the angle of elevation based on your current elevation above sea level. You'll find a selection of vintage and antique sextants on 1stDibs.
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    A divan is used for sitting and lounging. It is a loveseat that can also function as a daybed. The design originated in the Middle East and became popular in Europe during the mid 18th century. Shop a variety of divans on 1stDibs.
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    A creel is a wicker basket. Its primary use was once to carry around fish and peat, but today, it can refer to a trap to catch crustaceans such as lobster or crabs.
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    Tsukubai refers to a washbasin placed at the entrance of a holy place to allow visitors to cleanse their hands and mouth before entering. Visitors lean over to scoop out water to rinse their hands and mouth. Find a selection of tsukubai on 1stDibs.
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    Crewel is used for many decorative purposes. It is a type of embroidery used to decorate curtains, tapestries, pillows, clothing and other textiles. The Bayeux Tapestry is a famous example of crewel work. Find a range of crewel textiles and decorative objects on 1stDibs.
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    A bracelet is used as a decorative finishing touch for outfits. It is a piece of jewelry worn on the wrist. You can find both men and women's bracelets in a wide variety of styles. On 1stDibs, shop a variety of antique and vintage bracelets.
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    An urn, also known as a funerary urn, is used for crematory purposes. After death, the ashes of a loved one are collected and kept in the urn for the family. You can find a collection of urns from some of the world’s top sellers on 1stDibs.
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    There are many types of urns, each with its own purpose. Funerary urns store the ashes of a deceased person, while garden urns hold plants or are used for purely decorative purposes. There are also tea urns meant for brewing tea for large groups of people. On 1stDibs, shop a collection of antique and contemporary urns from some of the world’s top sellers.
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    An armoire is used for storing clothes.

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    Chintz is a type of cotton fabric used in draperies, slipcovers, curtains and upholstery fabrics, and has a soil and stain resistant finish. Chintz can even be seen in apparel, specifically dresses and skirts, and in childrenswear. On 1stDibs, find vintage and contemporary chintz fashions from top sellers around the world.