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1950s Papier Mâché Ice Cream Cone Trade Sign "Eat-it-all"
Located in Chicago, IL
1950s papier mâché ice cream cone trade sign "Eat-It-All.".
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Vintage 1950s American Folk Art Signs

Materials

Paper

1950s Papier Mâché Ice Cream Cone Trade Sign "Eat-it-all"
Located in Chicago, IL
1950s papier mâché ice cream cone trade sign "Eat-It-All.".
Category

Vintage 1950s American Folk Art Signs

Materials

Paper

Giant Double Sided Wood Peach Trade Sign from California Farm
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Great wooden trade sign from a California farm. Giant peach with graphics on both sides. Sign reads 'Hamilton's Tree Ripened Peaches 1/2 Mile' on one side, and 'Remember Hamiltons On...
Category

Vintage 1980s American Signs

Materials

Wood

Antique Optometrist Trade Sign
Located in New York, NY
Antique optometrist trade sign, Victorian, painted & gilt metal with colored glass.
Category

20th Century English Victorian Signs

Materials

Iron

  • Antique Optometrist Trade Sign
  • Antique Optometrist Trade Sign
  • Antique Optometrist Trade Sign
  • Antique Optometrist Trade Sign
H 10.25 in. W 20.75 in. D .75 in.
Dutch Folk Art Trade Sign
Located in Greenwich, CT
An 18th century trade sign from a Dutch West Indies shipping merchant. The carved and polychromed sign depicts a winged-foot mercury surrounded by garlands with his ship and the ware...
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Antique Late 18th Century Dutch Folk Art Signs

Materials

Wood

  • Dutch Folk Art Trade Sign
  • Dutch Folk Art Trade Sign
  • Dutch Folk Art Trade Sign
  • Dutch Folk Art Trade Sign
H 39 in. W 50 in. D 2 in.
Pocket Knife Trade Sign, 1950s
Located in New York, NY
Pocket knife store trade sign, hung above pocket knife section. Made of mixed wood, opens and closes, has rope for hanging.
Category

Vintage 1950s American Folk Art Signs

Materials

Hardwood, Softwood

  • Pocket Knife Trade Sign, 1950s
  • Pocket Knife Trade Sign, 1950s
  • Pocket Knife Trade Sign, 1950s
  • Pocket Knife Trade Sign, 1950s
H 22 in. W 24 in. D 5 in.
Goose Lake Lodge Trade Sign
Located in Los Angeles, CA
This folky handmade and painted trade sign was found in the mid-west and is only one sided. It has a newer chain for hanging but could be put flush on the wall too.
Category

Late 20th Century American Adirondack Signs

Materials

Pine

  • Goose Lake Lodge Trade Sign
  • Goose Lake Lodge Trade Sign
  • Goose Lake Lodge Trade Sign
  • Goose Lake Lodge Trade Sign
H 20 in. Dm 27 in.
Monumental Cobblers Boot Trade Sign
Located in Leek, Staffordshire
Monumental Cobblers Boot Trade Sign. Provenance: By Repute Crosby Cobblers - Liverpool Est 1841 Originally hung outside the cobblers in Crosby, Liverpool. Hand forged metal strap w...
Category

Early 20th Century British Signs

Materials

Metal, Brass

  • Monumental Cobblers Boot Trade Sign
  • Monumental Cobblers Boot Trade Sign
  • Monumental Cobblers Boot Trade Sign
  • Monumental Cobblers Boot Trade Sign
H 24.81 in. W 66.54 in. D 20.08 in.
19th Century Cobbler Trade Sign
Located in Nantucket, MA
A carved cobbler's boot-form trade sign, in old gold paint. Carved in two pieces of pine, capped with lead, circa 1870 Very good condition, measures: 14" x 9 ½”.
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Antique Late 19th Century American Folk Art Signs

Materials

Lead

  • 19th Century Cobbler Trade Sign
  • 19th Century Cobbler Trade Sign
  • 19th Century Cobbler Trade Sign
  • 19th Century Cobbler Trade Sign
H 14 in. W 9.5 in. D 4.5 in.
Giant Trade Sign Shoe, 1920
Located in London, GB
Early 20th century giant shoe with metal double sided repair trade sign This lot is a highly unusual, rare and decorative English Folk Art shoe makers trade sign. The shoe is han...
Category

Vintage 1920s British Folk Art Signs

Materials

Leather

  • Giant Trade Sign Shoe, 1920
  • Giant Trade Sign Shoe, 1920
  • Giant Trade Sign Shoe, 1920
  • Giant Trade Sign Shoe, 1920
H 28 in. W 8 in. D 22 in.
1800s Skeleton Key Locksmith Trade Sign
Located in Peekskill, NY
This is one of the best locksmith trade signs we have offered. It’s early and all handmade in iron with original paint. It's very well done and a wonderful piece of Folk Art.
Category

Antique Late 19th Century Unknown Folk Art Signs

Materials

Iron

Important Folk Art Trade Sign
Located in Greenwich, CT
A mid 19th Century folk art trade sign of demilune form, depicting a Native American chief holding a peace pipe and tomahawk wearing a headdress of white and red feathers, wearing a ...
Category

Antique 19th Century American Folk Art Signs

Materials

Wood

  • Important Folk Art Trade Sign
  • Important Folk Art Trade Sign
  • Important Folk Art Trade Sign
  • Important Folk Art Trade Sign
H 36 in. W 72 in. D 3 in.
New York City Chinatown Trade Sign
Located in Santa Monica, CA
Double-sided "Forbidden City" trade sign found in Chinatown in New York City. Signed by Fox Signs. Hand-painted with some foil lettering. Please note first two images are of each side.
Category

Vintage 1940s American Folk Art Signs

Materials

Iron

  • New York City Chinatown Trade Sign
  • New York City Chinatown Trade Sign
  • New York City Chinatown Trade Sign
  • New York City Chinatown Trade Sign
H 65.75 in. W 94 in. D 1.25 in.
19th Century French Cast Iron Trade Sign
Located in Houston, TX
19th century French cast iron trade sign. This French polychrome iron trade sign depicts a strong handsome male figure and most likely was from a French iron foundry. This great anti...
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Antique Late 19th Century European Classical Greek Signs

Materials

Iron

  • 19th Century French Cast Iron Trade Sign
  • 19th Century French Cast Iron Trade Sign
  • 19th Century French Cast Iron Trade Sign
  • 19th Century French Cast Iron Trade Sign
H 20.25 in. W 20.25 in. D 1.25 in.
Vintage Enamel and Porcelain ‘STORE’ Trade Sign
Located in Santa Monica, CA
Graphic red, white and blue "STORE" sign, early 20th century American porcelain and enamel trade sign.
Category

Vintage 1930s American Folk Art Signs

Materials

Iron

Vintage Cast Iron Optical Shop Trade Sign
Located in Santa Monica, CA
Three dimensional cast iron trade sign for optician or optical shop. Sign was a flange wall mount sign.
Category

Early 20th Century American Folk Art Signs

Materials

Iron

Vintage Big Fish Wood Trade Sign
Located in Santa Monica, CA
Almost six foot long wood fish double-sided trade sign. Original hand painted surface with heavy iron strap hangers. . Found in the northeast. Perhaps for a fish market or fishing su...
Category

Vintage 1950s American Folk Art Signs

Materials

Iron

  • Vintage Big Fish Wood Trade Sign
  • Vintage Big Fish Wood Trade Sign
  • Vintage Big Fish Wood Trade Sign
  • Vintage Big Fish Wood Trade Sign
H 26.5 in. W 71 in. D .75 in.
Folk Art Straight Razor Trade Sign
Located in Aurora, OR
This beautifully handmade wooden barber's trade sign is from New York State and has its creation date written on the blade. The words "Dec. 23 1920" and "Dec. 23" appear on the surfa...
Category

Early 20th Century Folk Art Signs

Materials

Wood

  • Folk Art Straight Razor Trade Sign
  • Folk Art Straight Razor Trade Sign
  • Folk Art Straight Razor Trade Sign
  • Folk Art Straight Razor Trade Sign
H 3 in. W 20.25 in. D 1.5 in.
Trade Sign for a Wine Shop, USA, 1950
Located in Milan, IT
A window trade sign of french bottles of wine Chateau Santenay, Chateau Ponsac, Chateau Ermitage. Carved out of fruitwood, each label is chiseled in low relief and gold gilt. USA 195...
Category

Vintage 1950s American Signs

Materials

Oak, Lacquer

Vintage "Lowest Prices" Grocery Market Trade Sign
Located in Santa Monica, CA
Great kitchen conversation piece. Grocery store in market advertising trade sign, circa 1950s. Simple and too the point. Looks to be painted by the hand of a skilled sign painter.
Category

Vintage 1950s American Folk Art Signs

Materials

Wood

Midcentury Lobster Pools Trade Sign
Located in Nantucket, MA
Midcentury lobster pools trade sign, circa 1960s, a wooden sign hand painted on both sides advertising "Lobster Pools." For those outside of New England, lobster pools are "pounds" w...
Category

Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Signs

Materials

Plywood

  • Midcentury Lobster Pools Trade Sign
  • Midcentury Lobster Pools Trade Sign
  • Midcentury Lobster Pools Trade Sign
  • Midcentury Lobster Pools Trade Sign
H 22 in. W 43.50 in. D 0.75 in.
Folk Art 'Kulin Cutlery' Trade Sign
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Early to mid-20th century hand-carved and painted 'knife' trade sign (circa 1960s-1970s) representing 'Kulin Cutlery.' Measures: 45" L (ink pen in the second photo is used to illustr...
Category

Vintage 1950s American Folk Art Signs

Materials

Wood

  • Folk Art 'Kulin Cutlery' Trade Sign
  • Folk Art 'Kulin Cutlery' Trade Sign
  • Folk Art 'Kulin Cutlery' Trade Sign
  • Folk Art 'Kulin Cutlery' Trade Sign
H 13 in. W 45 in. D 1.5 in.
19th Century 'Doctor McCracken' Surgeon's Trade Sign
Located in Hamilton, Ontario
Double-sided doctor's medical practice trade sign for 'Dr. McCracken'.
Category

Antique Late 19th Century Signs

Late 19th Century "House & Sign Painter" Trade Sign
Located in Santa Monica, CA
Impressive and large trade sign advertising services for house and sign painting and wall paper hanging. Expertly painted with multi color letters and design. From Burke County, PA. ...
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Antique 19th Century American Folk Art Signs

Materials

Wood

Large Department Store Shop Trade Sign
Located in Chillerton, Isle of Wight
Large department store shop trade sign This great is a piece of social history, dating from the 1930s the sign was made on a framed wooden board advertising all manner of china fr...
Category

Early 20th Century Industrial Signs

  • Large Department Store Shop Trade Sign
  • Large Department Store Shop Trade Sign
  • Large Department Store Shop Trade Sign
  • Large Department Store Shop Trade Sign
H 22 in. W 90 in. D 1.5 in.
Trade Sign Depicting a Huge Corkscrew, France, 1900
Located in Milan, IT
Outdoor trade sign of a kitchen tools store, for advertising. The sign depicts a huge corkscrew, made out of boxwood and iron, with painted numbers and the name of the city Chalon an...
Category

Antique Early 1900s French Signs

Materials

Iron

Cast Case Iron Eagle Trade Signs, 1880-1900
Located in Coeur d'Alene, ID
Pair of cast iron Case eagle signs. Depicts the company mascot "Abe" on a globe. Embossed "J.I. Case Threshing Machine Company, Racine, WI, USA." Original silver paint. Made for wall...
Category

Antique 1890s American Signs

Materials

Iron

Antique Ingersoll Watches Adverting Trade Sign, circa 1900
Located in San Francisco, CA
Antique double sided trade sign for Ingersoll Watches in the shape of a pocket watch. Excellent old sign in original condition. American, late 19th-early 20th century.
Category

Early 20th Century American Other Signs

Materials

Metal

Trade Sign Depicting a Huge Skimmer Ladle, France, 1900
Located in Milan, IT
Outdoor trade sign of a kitchen tools store, for advertising. The sign depicts a huge skimmer ladle, made out of boxwood and iron, with 2 painted letters E X. France 1900 ca.
Category

Antique Early 1900s American Signs

Materials

Iron

Early Original Blue Painted Beauty Shop Trade Sign
Located in Los Angeles, CA
This fantastic original painted trade sign was found in the mid-west. The blue lettering is on a grey painted ground and double blue trimmed border. The backing is in a old dirty whi...
Category

Early 20th Century American Country Signs

Materials

Wood

Giant Pestle and Mortar Pharmacy/Drug Shop Trade Sign
Located in Chillerton, Isle of Wight
Giant pestle and mortar pharmacy/drug shop trade sign A very rare piece, Wonderful early 20th century pharmacy or chemist trade sign in the form of a pestle and mortar, made in gi...
Category

Early 20th Century Industrial Signs

Materials

Tin

19th Century American Trade Sign 'Crook', Medina, NY
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
19th century American trade sign 'Crook', Medina, NY Craftsman made, with sand-painted back ground with 10" x 12" giltwood letters spelling 'Crook' Inscribed on back " (obliterated...
Category

Antique 19th Century American Folk Art Signs

Materials

Wood, Giltwood

Bold and Unusual Folk Art Hand Painted Trade Sign
Located in Essex, MA
An unusual and wonderfully graphic Folk Art hand painted trade sign advertising Sam - Smith Second Hand Furniture Store. 611 S 8 St, hand painted on wood in bold black lettering with...
Category

Early 20th Century American Folk Art Signs

Materials

Hardwood

  • Bold and Unusual Folk Art Hand Painted Trade Sign
  • Bold and Unusual Folk Art Hand Painted Trade Sign
  • Bold and Unusual Folk Art Hand Painted Trade Sign
  • Bold and Unusual Folk Art Hand Painted Trade Sign
H 23.13 in. W 26.25 in. D .75 in.
Folky Original Painted Trade Sign, Early 20th Century
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Folky original painted handmade trade sign with a western flair "Sorry Deli Closed" at bottom of sign it reads "During Breakfast." Looks like Texas or Montana Ranch. Original carved ...
Category

Antique 19th Century American Folk Art Signs

Materials

Pine

American Wrought Iron and Gilt Trade Sign Bracket , Circa 1880
Located in Charleston, SC
American wrought iron and gilt trade sign bracket with decorative scroll work and gilt ball motif. Late 19th Century
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Antique 1880s American Folk Art Signs

19th Century Chinese Restaurant Hand Carved Trade Sign of Fish
Located in Hamilton, Ontario
19th century Chinese restaurant hand carved trade sign of fish.
Category

Antique 19th Century Signs

Materials

Wood

Early 20th Century Original Painted "for Sale" Trade Sign
Located in Los Angeles, CA
This handmade trade sign was from San Diego, California and was used at 2902 Madison Ave. in the 1930s. Condition is very good with minor scratch on the lower left hand side.
Category

Early 20th Century American Adirondack Signs

Materials

Pine

Late 19th Century Wood and Iron Trade Sign
Located in Santa Monica, CA
The best subject matter! Late 19th century handpainted American trade sign. Very heavy wood construction with iron strapping. This sign is double sided. One side was exposed to the e...
Category

Antique 1890s North American Folk Art Signs

Materials

Iron

  • Late 19th Century Wood and Iron Trade Sign
  • Late 19th Century Wood and Iron Trade Sign
  • Late 19th Century Wood and Iron Trade Sign
  • Late 19th Century Wood and Iron Trade Sign
H 24 in. W 40 in. D 2.25 in.
Early 20th Century Wood & Iron Hand-Painted Trade Sign
Located in Santa Monica, CA
Fantastic early 20th century trade sign hand-painted for meat market by professional sign maker. Wood and iron construction with original painted surface. Great original iron strap h...
Category

Vintage 1930s American Folk Art Signs

Materials

Wood

Mechanic Garage Shop Trade Sign
Located in Santa Monica, CA
This graphic and large-scale red and white painted tin "USED TIRES" sign has an amazing patina. Found in the midwest.
Category

20th Century American Signs

  •  Mechanic  Garage Shop Trade Sign
  •  Mechanic  Garage Shop Trade Sign
  •  Mechanic  Garage Shop Trade Sign
  •  Mechanic  Garage Shop Trade Sign
H 34 in. W 103.5 in. D 1 in.
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 by barbers as interior advertisements. Two have painted black handles, all open an...
Category

Early 20th Century American Folk Art Signs

Materials

Wood

Oversize 3D Vintage Folk Art Object Tool Trade Sign Clothespin
Located in Denver, CO
Sculptural 1940s era handmade 3D Folk Art oversize tool or clothespin trade sign. Constructed of wood with matching silver and yellow painted surfaces to both sides. As found with wa...
Category

Mid-20th Century American Folk Art Signs

Materials

Wood

Route 66 Street / Trade Sign
Located in Los Angeles, CA
This original painted worn and faded in great condition. This route 66 is a highway or street sign.
Category

Early 20th Century American Adirondack Signs

Materials

Metal

  • Route 66 Street / Trade Sign
  • Route 66 Street / Trade Sign
  • Route 66 Street / Trade Sign
  • Route 66 Street / Trade Sign
H 14 in. W 13.25 in. D .01 in.
Frazer Nash Huge Illuminated Advertising Painted Trade Sign
Located in Chillerton, Isle of Wight
Frazer Nash huge illuminated advertising painted trade sign This is an advertisement for the original and famous British racing car company Frazer Nash, the company was founded i...
Category

Early 20th Century Industrial Signs

Materials

Wood

Antique Optician's Trade Sign, Belgium, Early 20th Century
Located in Antwerp, BE
Large antique optician's trade sign. This iron wall sign dates circa 1920s and was used for 3 generations of Optic's Shop in Belgium in Charleroi. This Optometrist Sign is an eye-ca...
Category

Early 20th Century Belgian Industrial Signs

Materials

Iron

Wood Carved Store Display Trade Sign Artist Paint Brushes Original Paint
Located in Santa Monica, CA
Fantastic hand carved giant wood artist paintbrushes. All original multi colored paint surface. Completely wood carved. Perhaps part of a retail window display or a trade sign. Great...
Category

Mid-20th Century American Folk Art Signs

Materials

Wood

Military Outfitters or Milliners Trade Sign in the Form of a Bicorne Hat
Located in Pease pottage, West Sussex
Extraordinary Milliner or Military outfitters trade sign, late 19th or early 20th century, painted sheet metal or tole. Unwaxed as found surface. Later stand (removeable) made to ena...
Category

Early 20th Century French Signs

Materials

Metal

Wooden Trade Sign Advertising Model of a 3D Art Deco Bentley Racing Car
Located in Chillerton, Isle of Wight
Wooden trade sign advertising model of a 3D Art Deco Bentley racing car. A fantastic large piece, this superb 20th century 3D trade sign of a 1930s Bentley racer is made in wood, ...
Category

Mid-20th Century Art Deco Signs

Materials

Wood

Very Large 19th Century French Key Maker's Trade Sign
Located in Woodbury, CT
Now here is a piece you don't find every day! This late 18th-early 19th century wrought iron trade sign once hung outside a key maker's shop, embedded into the stone walls with the t...
Category

Antique Late 18th Century French Signs

Materials

Wrought Iron

Monumental 19th Century Original White Painted Tin Funnel Trade Sign
Located in Los Angeles, CA
This large original painted 19th century metal funnel hangs on the wall or lay it down on a cupboard. It has its original tin hanger on one end and a wonderful untouched painted surf...
Category

20th Century American Signs

Robins Egg Blue American Trade Sign
Located in Santa Monica, CA
Great and substantial wood and sheet metal sign. Fantastic original alligatored paint surface. Perfect Oyster white background with Robins egg blue hand lettering on a double sided s...
Category

Early 20th Century American Folk Art Signs

Materials

Sheet Metal

  • Robins Egg Blue  American Trade Sign
  • Robins Egg Blue  American Trade Sign
  • Robins Egg Blue  American Trade Sign
  • Robins Egg Blue  American Trade Sign
H 46 in. W 56 in. D 2.5 in.
19th Century Tourist Trade Sign
Located in Los Angeles, CA
This original painted tourist & salesman sign was found in the mid-west. It is wired for hanging and has two boards on reverse for keeping it sturdy and strong. The frame is mortised...
Category

Antique Late 19th Century American Country Signs

Materials

Wood

  • 19th Century Tourist Trade Sign
  • 19th Century Tourist Trade Sign
  • 19th Century Tourist Trade Sign
  • 19th Century Tourist Trade Sign
H 20.25 in. W 47.5 in. D 1 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 enough to acquire items that firstly we have never seen and secondly, we will never see...
Category

Vintage 1950s German Folk Art Signs

Materials

Metal, Brass

Edwardian Shoe Shop or Cobblers Trade Sign, Leather Boot Display Model
Located in Chillerton, Isle of Wight
Edwardian shoe shop or cobblers trade sign, leather boot display model This is a wonderful piece, it is a giant size Leather boot, painted on the one side of the boot is ”Boot M...
Category

Early 20th Century Bohemian Signs

Materials

Leather

Early 20th Century Double-Sided Iron Nautical Trade Sign "The Norfolk"
Located in Santa Monica, CA
Early 20th century double-sided sheet iron, cast iron, hand-painted trade sign with hand-forged hooks. Great hand-painted "The Norfolk" featuring a painted crest and battle ship. Han...
Category

Early 20th Century American Folk Art Signs

Materials

Iron

Iron Bull Butcher Trade Sign with Hanging Bracket from the Early 20th Century
Located in Atlanta, GA
An iron butcher trade sign in the shape of a bull or a cow from the early 1900s. This iron trade sign was born in the early 20th century and was probably adorning the storefront of a...
Category

Early 20th Century Unknown Signs

Materials

Iron

Carved Haddock Trade Sign
Located in Norwell, MA
Six foot carved wood fish reminiscent of a nineteenth century trade sign. With carved gills, fins, scales, eyes and mouth. Fitted with iron hanging bolts, wax finish with flame accen...
Category

2010s British Nautical Objects

Materials

Wood

  • Carved Haddock Trade Sign
  • Carved Haddock Trade Sign
  • Carved Haddock Trade Sign
  • Carved Haddock Trade Sign
H 25 in. W 75 in. D 5 in.
Early 20th Century Double Sided French Zinc Clock Smiths Trade Sign
Located in London, GB
Early 20th century double sided French zinc clock Smiths Trade sign We are proud to offer a rare example of an early 20th century French double sided clock smiths trade sign. With i...
Category

Vintage 1910s French Victorian Signs

Materials

Zinc

1900s Butcher's Pig Trade Sign
Located in Coeur d'Alene, ID
Vintage carved and painted pine butcher's trade sign. Molded frame, insized text reading "Porkies Pen" pig in relief. 33" x 40" Period: First quarter of the 20th century or earlie...
Category

Early 20th Century French Antiquities

Materials

Wood

  • 1900s Butcher's Pig Trade Sign
  • 1900s Butcher's Pig Trade Sign
  • 1900s Butcher's Pig Trade Sign
  • 1900s Butcher's Pig Trade Sign
H 40 in. W 33 in. D 3 in.
Rare 19th Century Zinc Horse Head Trade Sign Found in Paris, France
Located in Houston, TX
This 19th century trade sign in the shape of a horse head is handcrafted in zinc and painted white and once hung in a Parisian atelier. The eyes are a wonderful amber color and this ...
Category

Antique 1880s French Signs

Materials

Zinc

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