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Vintage Illuminated Letter T, 1970s
Located in Mratin, CZ
This vintage industrial red plastic illuminated letter R was made in Italy during the 1970s and comes from the old advertising banner. The letter can be used as a table lamp or wall ...
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1970s Italian Industrial Used Signs

Materials

Plastic

  • Vintage Illuminated Letter T, 1970s
  • Used Illuminated Letter T, 1970s
  • Vintage Illuminated Letter T, 1970s
  • Used Illuminated Letter T, 1970s
H 12.21 in. W 9.06 in. D 3.15 in.
Lifesize Johnnie Walker Shop Advertising Display Man
Located in Antwerp, BE
Lifesize Johnnie Walker display man. A lifesize advertising display - shop display - store display figure for Scotch whisky. The typical striding man with top hat, coat, boots and...
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21st Century and Contemporary European Modern Used Signs

Materials

Fiberglass

  • Lifesize Johnnie Walker Shop Advertising Display Man
  • Used Lifesize Johnnie Walker Shop Advertising Display Man
  • Lifesize Johnnie Walker Shop Advertising Display Man
  • Used Lifesize Johnnie Walker Shop Advertising Display Man
H 69.69 in. W 39.57 in. D 22.45 in.
Vintage Illuminated Letter R, 1970s
Located in Mratin, CZ
This vintage industrial red plastic illuminated letter R was made in Italy during the 1970s and comes from the old advertising banner. The letter can be used as a table lamp or wall ...
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1970s Italian Industrial Used Signs

Materials

Plastic

  • Vintage Illuminated Letter R, 1970s
  • Used Illuminated Letter R, 1970s
  • Vintage Illuminated Letter R, 1970s
  • Used Illuminated Letter R, 1970s
H 12.21 in. W 8.67 in. D 3.15 in.
Boucherie Chevaline Trade Sign
Located in London, GB
Boucherie Chevaline Trade Sign A hand crafted Boucherie Chevaline, zinc gold leaf hand beaten butchers trade sign. A highly decorative wall hanging in untouched condition with or...
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Early 20th Century French Victorian Used Signs

Materials

Zinc

  • Boucherie Chevaline Trade Sign
  • Used Boucherie Chevaline Trade Sign
  • Boucherie Chevaline Trade Sign
  • Used Boucherie Chevaline Trade Sign
H 19 in. W 15 in. D 16 in.
Antique Advertising Chocolat Victoria Brussels, Set of 3
Located in Antwerp, BE
Antique advertising signs for Chocolate Victoria Brussels. These old advertising signs - advertising displays for Belgian Chocolate will be sold as a set of 3. These displays are ma...
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Early 20th Century Belgian Art Nouveau Used Signs

Materials

Paper

1930s Tin Advertising Sign for Belgian Beer Wielemans
Located in Antwerp, BE
Art Deco metal lithographic advertising sign for Belgium Beer Brand Wielemans. This old tin sign dates from 1934 - Tax was payed in Brussels then. Stylish Industrial Image of the o...
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Mid-20th Century Belgian Art Deco Used Signs

Materials

Metal

Vintage Elizabeth Arden Signs in Wood and Painted Aluminum
Located in Milano, IT
Rare advertising sign of Elizabeth Arden, an entrepreneur who founded, in that name, her cosmetics company, dating from the 1950s, taken from the Lake Como store of her own. The sig...
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1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Used Signs

Materials

Aluminum

Elizabeth Arden Vintage Wooden Signs
Located in Milano, IT
Rare advertising sign of Elizabeth Arden, an entrepreneur who founded, in that name, her cosmetics company, dating from the 1950s, taken from the Lake Como store of her own. The squ...
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1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Used Signs

Materials

Aluminum

  • Elizabeth Arden Vintage Wooden Signs
  • Elizabeth Arden Used Wooden Signs
  • Elizabeth Arden Vintage Wooden Signs
  • Elizabeth Arden Used Wooden Signs
H 26.78 in. W 4.34 in. D 2.76 in.
Framed John Smith's Beer Sign, 1970s
By Rob Otten
Located in Antwerp, BE
Framed John Smith's beer sign. An old advertising sign for the famous Pale Ale Beer which is dated 1976. It's English beer of the brewery John Smith's Tadcaster, North Yorkshire. ...
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Late 20th Century Belgian Modern Used Signs

Materials

Other, Tin

  • Framed John Smith's Beer Sign, 1970s
  • Used Framed John Smith's Beer Sign, 1970s
  • Framed John Smith's Beer Sign, 1970s
  • Used Framed John Smith's Beer Sign, 1970s
H 13.78 in. W 9.85 in. D 0.28 in.
Folk Art Giant Metal Scissors Industrial Store Display Sign
Located in Atlanta, GA
Curious French Folk Art industrial metal store display sign. Features gigantic scissors, probably a barber or hair salon ad. sign or maybe used as a trade sign for a tailor shop or a...
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Mid-20th Century French Folk Art Used Signs

Materials

Metal, Chrome

Mid Century Hand Painted Double Sided Pub Sign C1950
Located in Port Jervis, NY
Double sided pub sign from the United Kingdom. Hand Painted and in excellent condition. Rough hewn wood well constructed with a heavy duty frame completely bolted. Can be parcel posted.
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1950s British Folk Art Used Signs

Materials

Iron

Vintage Original Painted California Gold Rush Sign
Located in Los Angeles, CA
1920's - 1930's Original painted Gold Rush Sign.
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19th Century American Adirondack Used Signs

Materials

Wood, Paint

1950s Tin Advertising Sign for Belgian Beer Brasserie Maire
Located in Antwerp, BE
1950s tin advertising sign mounted on cardboard for Belgian beer: Brasserie Maire - Speciale Luxem - Export Beer. Great design with a beer bottle and a beer glass on a tray. T...
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Mid-20th Century Belgian Mid-Century Modern Used Signs

Materials

Tin

1978 Austin City Limit Sign
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Incredible vintage Austin city limit freeway sign from 1978. Made in a 3/4" thick plywood with hand painted lettering on a reflective metallic sheet covering the front. This sign wel...
Category

1970s American Used Signs

Materials

Wood, Paint

  • 1978 Austin City Limit Sign
  • 1978 Austin City Limit Sign
  • 1978 Austin City Limit Sign
  • 1978 Austin City Limit Sign
H 24 in. W 34.25 in. D .75 in.
1961 Advertising Sign for Lemonade, Belgium
Located in Antwerp, BE
Romantic and cute metal advertising sign for Lemonade. This old wall sign is dated 1961 and was made for the Belgian Company Leberg. Leberg started in 1933 with botteling water and ...
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Mid-20th Century Belgian Mid-Century Modern Used Signs

Materials

Tin, Metal

  • 1961 Advertising Sign for Lemonade, Belgium
  • 1961 Advertising Sign for Lemonade, Belgium
  • 1961 Advertising Sign for Lemonade, Belgium
  • 1961 Advertising Sign for Lemonade, Belgium
H 19.69 in. W 13.78 in. D 0.04 in.
Traditional Large Iron Hanging Pub Sign, The Boot
Located in Chillerton, Isle of Wight
Traditional large iron hanging pub sign. The Boot This is a large and heavy piece dating from the beginning of the 20th Century, it is double sided though the paint on one side is...
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Early 1900s Folk Art Used Signs

Materials

Iron

French Art Deco Glass Hairdressing 'Coiffeur' Advertising Sign 1930s
Located in Bristol, GB
Vintage hairdresser’s advertising sign ‘Jaques Coiffeur Hommes Fillettes’ Ribbed silver mirror encapsulated by black-backed glass reveals a reflective, eye-catching font advertisi...
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1930s French Used Signs

Materials

Glass

French Large Size Mid-19th Century Zinc Clock Trade Sign on Custom Stand
Located in Atlanta, GA
This French large size clock trade sign from the mid-19th century depicts an oversized pocket watch with round bow at the top. Made of zinc, this grey colored clock face is decorated...
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Mid-19th Century French Used Signs

Materials

Iron, Zinc

Enamel Sign for Colman’s Mustard
Located in Cheshire, GB
Enamel sign for Colman’s Mustard, of rectangular form decorated in blue and yellow enamel. Dimensions Height 16 inches Width 62.5 inches Depth 0.5 inches.
Category

Early 20th Century British Used Signs

Materials

Enamel

  • Enamel Sign for Colman’s Mustard
  • Enamel Sign for Colman’s Mustard
  • Enamel Sign for Colman’s Mustard
  • Enamel Sign for Colman’s Mustard
H 16 in. W 62.5 in. D 0.5 in.
Enamel Sign for Colman’s Starch
Located in Cheshire, GB
Enamel sign for Colman’s Starch, of rectangular form decorated in blue and white enamel. Dimensions Height 16 Inches Width 62.5 Inches Depth 0.5 Inches.
Category

Early 20th Century British Used Signs

Materials

Enamel

  • Enamel Sign for Colman’s Starch
  • Enamel Sign for Colman’s Starch
  • Enamel Sign for Colman’s Starch
  • Enamel Sign for Colman’s Starch
H 16 in. W 62.5 in. D 0.5 in.
Double Sided Texas Cigarettes Sign, 1980s
Located in Antwerp, BE
Colorful double sided sign for Texas cigarettes. A large red and blue advertising sign - billboard with a logo of a Texas cowboy on a horse. This publicity sign was probably used a...
Category

Late 20th Century European Modern Used Signs

Materials

Acrylic

  • Double Sided Texas Cigarettes Sign, 1980s
  • Double Sided Texas Cigarettes Sign, 1980s
  • Double Sided Texas Cigarettes Sign, 1980s
  • Double Sided Texas Cigarettes Sign, 1980s
H 39.57 in. W 23.63 in. D 0.79 in.
Vintage 'No Bikes' Street Sign
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Vintage 'no bikes on sidewalk' sign with incredible sunburn weathering patina. Steel sign featuring a bicycle encircled by a red ring with a line through it. Great faded coloring giv...
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1970s American Used Signs

Materials

Steel

  • Vintage 'No Bikes' Street Sign
  • Vintage 'No Bikes' Street Sign
  • Vintage 'No Bikes' Street Sign
  • Vintage 'No Bikes' Street Sign
H 24 in. W 24 in. D 0.1 in.
1960s Stella Artois Belgian Beer Sign by Rob Otten
By Rob Otten
Located in Antwerp, BE
1960s Belgian Beer sign for the Beer Brand Stella Artois. This Beer Sign is mounted on Cardboard. With Stamp at the back. It was made by the Company Rob Otten, which was located in B...
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Mid-20th Century Belgian Modern Used Signs

Materials

Epoxy Resin

Los Angeles Highway Trash Removal Sign
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Los Angeles trash cleanup sign. Emerald green background with a man in work clothes picking up trash. Great coloring and patina. Cool vintage graphics. Slight bend in metal. Fun piec...
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Early 2000s American Used Signs

Materials

Steel

  • Los Angeles Highway Trash Removal Sign
  • Los Angeles Highway Trash Removal Sign
  • Los Angeles Highway Trash Removal Sign
  • Los Angeles Highway Trash Removal Sign
H 18 in. W 15 in. D 0.1 in.
Original Palethorps Enamel Sausage Sign
Located in Chillerton, Isle of Wight
Original Palethorps Enamel sausage sign Very Rare old sign with a mouth watering picture of Palethorps Royal Cambridge sausages The sign is made in ceramic enamel, it dates fr...
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Early 20th Century Folk Art Used Signs

Materials

Enamel

HOVIS, Etched Glass Bakery Advertising Window Sign
Located in Chillerton, Isle of Wight
HOVIS, Etched Glass Bakery Advertising Window Sign A great piece of social history, this is a window, the old sash type, the glass is etched and painted in gold and white with “HO...
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Late 19th Century Edwardian Used Signs

Materials

Art Glass

English Pub Sign, 'The Bulls Head'
Located in Austin, TX
An authentic English pub sign (one-sided) featuring a painting of a bull's head, entitled: The Bulls Head A very fine example of vintage advertising artwork and ready for display.
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20th Century English Used Signs

Materials

Metal

  • English Pub Sign, 'The Bulls Head'
  • English Pub Sign, 'The Bulls Head'
  • English Pub Sign, 'The Bulls Head'
  • English Pub Sign, 'The Bulls Head'
H 45.25 in. W 38.38 in. D 1.75 in.
Vintage Porcelain Beer Sign
Located in Antwerp, BE
Vintage porcelain beer tray. This enameled metal beer tray was designed and made for the Belgian Beer: CTS Stout Wielemans, a dark Belgian Beer made by the Brewery Wielemans whic...
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Mid-20th Century Belgian Used Signs

Materials

Metal

  • Vintage Porcelain Beer Sign
  • Vintage Porcelain Beer Sign
  • Vintage Porcelain Beer Sign
  • Vintage Porcelain Beer Sign
H 0.79 in. Dm 12.41 in.
Porcelain Belgian Beer Sign, Three Stars Leopold, 1950s
Located in Antwerp, BE
Porcelain Beer Sign for Belgian Beer. A large and great looking Belgian beer sign with the American colors white, red and blue and also with stars. This Enamel sign was made for the...
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Mid-20th Century Belgian Modern Used Signs

Materials

Metal

Large Weathered Trade Sign "Carriage Shop"
Located in Greenwich, CT
A 12 foot long trade sign displaying the words Carriage Shop on one side and Horse Shoeing on the other. In weathered early hand painted lettering on wood, with molded edging on all ...
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1870s American Used Signs

Materials

Wood

Antique Vintage Art Deco Illuminated Flambosign Advertising Cinema Exit Sign
Located in Sale, GB
- A fabulous Art Deco illuminated exit sign from renowned manufacturers 'Flambosign', Early Twentieth Century. - The brass casing marked 'Flambosign' to both the top and bottom sect...
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Early 20th Century British Art Deco Used Signs

Materials

Brass

1930s Tin Advertising Sign for Belgian Liquor with a Monkey and Bottle
Located in Antwerp, BE
Eyecatching advertising sign for Belgian Liquor Witte Schmidt. This Tin Sign - Tin Plate mounted on cardboard has an awesome design: an orange Monkey or Ape with a bottle of Liquor...
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Mid-20th Century Belgian Art Deco Used Signs

Materials

Tin

Art Deco Tin with Crane Birds and Flowers, 1930s, The Netherlands
Located in Antwerp, BE
Stylish black Art Deco tin with crane birds and flowers in Asian style. This Art Deco storage tin dates from the early 1930s and was made by the Dutch Company Bekkers Dordrecht Holl...
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Mid-20th Century Dutch Art Deco Used Signs

Materials

Metal

Early 20th Century City of Westminster London Milk Glass Street Sign
Located in Port Jervis, NY
Fabulous early milk glass street sign from the City of Westminster London. Original wood frame in excellent vintage condition. A couple of cracks in the glass on right lower corner. ...
Category

1910s English Industrial Used Signs

Materials

Milk Glass, Hardwood

Early 20th Century Milk Glass London Street Sign
Located in Port Jervis, NY
Fabulous etched milk glass street sign from the City of Westminster, England. Original Arts & Crafts style frame in excellent vintage condition.
Category

1920s English Industrial Used Signs

Materials

Milk Glass, Oak

Early JJ Newberry Dept Store 5-10 & 25 Cents Sign Gilt Reverse Glass 192
Located in Port Jervis, NY
Fabulous double sided reverse painted with gilt lettering sign from a JJ Newberry store in my hometown of Port Jervis NY. Pair of signs available which were originally mounted over t...
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1920s American Industrial Used Signs

Materials

Glass

Reverse Painted Glass Drink Coca Cola Sign, circa 1920
By Coca Cola Bottling Co.
Located in Port Jervis, NY
Fabulous 10 x 21 reverse painted glass coca cola sign from the twenties. In excellent vintage condition with a bit of fixing on the upper right corner. Made by the Price Bros. from C...
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1920s American Industrial Used Signs

Materials

Brass

Spanish Provincial Style Carved Horse Head Wall Plaque Sign
Located in New York, NY
Spanish Provincial (20th Cent) style painted and carved horse head wall plaque/sign (La Taberna Caballoblanco) (Related item: 049724D).  
Category

20th Century Renaissance Used Signs

Materials

Wood

Antique Vintage Industrial British Railway Station Enamel Advertising Sign
By British Railways
Located in Sale, GB
- An original British Rail sign, circa 1940. - This Midlands Region sign has the inscription 'Rights Of Way Act 1932 The British Transport Commission Hereby Give Notice That This Wa...
Category

Mid-20th Century British Used Signs

Materials

Enamel

Large Letters Cast Metal 1920´S Take Your Pleasure Seriously
Located in Vienna, AT
The letters are a remnant of one of the last metal foundries in Vienna. The pieces are between 1920 and 1970. Partly they have never been used, partly the lettering has been removed ...
Category

Early 20th Century Austrian Industrial Used Signs

Materials

Metal

Enamel Parisian Metro Station Sign
Located in Gloucestershire, GB
French mid 20th century enamel metro sign. This sign comes from the Commerce Metro Station in the 15th arrondisement in Paris. This station is on line 8 of the system and run...
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Used Signs

  • Enamel Parisian Metro Station Sign
  • Enamel Parisian Metro Station Sign
  • Enamel Parisian Metro Station Sign
  • Enamel Parisian Metro Station Sign
H 15.75 in. W 71.66 in. D 1.19 in.
French Painted Restaurant Trade Sign
Located in Gloucestershire, GB
Original French 20th century hand-painted restaurant trade sign. This double-sided sign has a great unusual shape with wonderful remains of red and green paint. This sign has ...
Category

20th Century French French Provincial Used Signs

Materials

Metal

  • French Painted Restaurant Trade Sign
  • French Painted Restaurant Trade Sign
  • French Painted Restaurant Trade Sign
  • French Painted Restaurant Trade Sign
H 26.78 in. W 28.75 in. D 0.4 in.
Vintage Folk Art Hand-Made Carved and Painted Sag Harbor "Whale" Sign
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Crude Folk Art handmade 'whale' sign from Sag Harbor (ca. early 20th Century, USA). Hand-carved board with hand-painted details. Presented in original condition with good age / patin...
Category

Early 20th Century American Folk Art Used Signs

Materials

Wood, Paint

Porcelain Advertising Sign Boule d'Or Cigarettes, 1954, Belgium
Located in Antwerp, BE
Porcelain advertising sign for Boule d'Or Cigarettes, dated 1954. This 1950s sign was Made by Emaillerie O. Warland - Brussels - Belglum. It's an enameled metal sign in the color b...
Category

Mid-20th Century Belgian Mid-Century Modern Used Signs

Materials

Metal

Hand Carved Dentist's Trade Sign, Wooden Tooth, American Folk Art, Macabre
Located in Totnes, GB
A folk art carved and painted wooden trade sign for, obviously, a dentist. With wear commensurate with age and weathering. Applied wrought metal hanging loop which has rusted and is ...
Category

Early 20th Century American Folk Art Used Signs

Materials

Wood

Elkwood, Late 19th Century American Trade Sign
Located in Nantucket, MA
With carved gilt wood letters with mounted against a blue painted sand ground American, c. 1890.
Category

Late 19th Century American Folk Art Used Signs

Materials

Wood

  • Elkwood, Late 19th Century American Trade Sign
  • Elkwood, Late 19th Century American Trade Sign
  • Elkwood, Late 19th Century American Trade Sign
  • Elkwood, Late 19th Century American Trade Sign
H 13.25 in. W 55.5 in. D 1.88 in.
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 employment are written on the back as well as the signatures of all his coworkers u...
Category

Early 20th Century Used Signs

Materials

Wood, Plastic, Paper

  • Vintage Desk Sign, circa 1944
  • Vintage Desk Sign, circa 1944
  • Vintage Desk Sign, circa 1944
  • Vintage Desk Sign, circa 1944
H 2.5 in. W 16 in. D 1.5 in.
Vintage Solo Margarine Enamel Mid-Century Sign
Located in Norwich, GB
A wonderful bright vintage enamel sign advertising Solo margarine. Belgian - Circa 1940's. The sign is in very good condition for its age, there is some wear to the edging in plac...
Category

Mid-20th Century Belgian Mid-Century Modern Used Signs

Materials

Enamel

  • Vintage Solo Margarine Enamel Mid-Century Sign
  • Vintage Solo Margarine Enamel Mid-Century Sign
  • Vintage Solo Margarine Enamel Mid-Century Sign
  • Vintage Solo Margarine Enamel Mid-Century Sign
H 38.98 in. W 15.36 in. D 0.4 in.
Letter Holder Chocolat Confectionery Senez-Sturbelle, Belgium, Art Nouveau
Located in Antwerp, BE
Antique advertising letter holder made for the Chocolatier - Confectionery brand Senez-Sturbelle, Belgium, Brussels. This Art Nouveau tin letter holder dates from the period 1892-191...
Category

Late 19th Century Belgian Art Nouveau Used Signs

Materials

Metal

Pair of English Advertising Signs Hand Done in Green, Red & Gold, 19th Century
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
Pair of long late 19th century English advertising signs, probably from a type of market. They have quite a bit of graphic pop having the dark green background with bold lettering in...
Category

Late 19th Century English Country Used Signs

Materials

Canvas, Wood, Paint

Edwardian Art Nouveau Copper & Oak Shop Sign "Townrow" Hatter Hosier
Located in Norwich, GB
A wonderful English Art Nouveau period polished copper & oak mounted shop sign, "Townrow". Circa 1905. There is some damage to the left hand side oak mount, please refer to the la...
Category

Early 20th Century British Art Nouveau Used Signs

Materials

Copper

Large "Interior Design" Signs Set
Located in Sag Harbor, NY
Set of two large interior design signs Wood Letters mounted on a wood back ground. Each sign measures 3" deep 12" high and 8 ft wide. Large bright colored sigh. Hand painted with ca...
Category

Mid-19th Century American Used Signs

Materials

Hardwood

  • Large "Interior Design" Signs Set
  • Large "Interior Design" Signs Set
  • Large "Interior Design" Signs Set
  • Large "Interior Design" Signs Set
H 12 in. W 96 in. D 3 in.
1950's Commercial Sign "All - Stainless Inc"
Located in Hingham, MA
Vintage commercial business sign from early 1950's for All - Stainless, Inc. 78" long by 12" high panel of patinated blue colored aluminum with 1/4" thick die cut letters in natural...
Category

1950s American Industrial Used Signs

Materials

Aluminum

Antique Saloon Bar Pub Sign
Located in Antwerp, BE
Antique saloon bar pub sign. This hand-crafted red saloon bar sign with chain, will look great in your mancave, pub, homebar etc. Can be hung at the wall, on the ceiling etc. G...
Category

Mid-20th Century European Industrial Used Signs

Materials

Metal, Iron

  • Antique Saloon Bar Pub Sign
  • Antique Saloon Bar Pub Sign
  • Antique Saloon Bar Pub Sign
  • Antique Saloon Bar Pub Sign
H 22.05 in. W 17.72 in. D 1.19 in.
Painted Tete Du Boeuf in Zinc
Located in Washington, DC
A rare antique bulls head (tete du boeuf) from France, circa 1860. This bulls head was originally used as a trade sign for a butcher shop. The patina is traces of the yellow paint on...
Category

Late 19th Century French Used Signs

Materials

Zinc

  • Painted Tete Du Boeuf in Zinc
  • Painted Tete Du Boeuf in Zinc
  • Painted Tete Du Boeuf in Zinc
  • Painted Tete Du Boeuf in Zinc
H 13 in. W 14.5 in. D 13 in.
Vintage 'Buckle Up' Road Sign
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Vintage Buckle Up sign. White reflective background with micro honeycomb pattern. Black lettering and great patina. Reverse side is "Entering Highway" sign with yellow background.
Category

1980s American Used Signs

Materials

Steel

  • Vintage 'Buckle Up' Road Sign
  • Vintage 'Buckle Up' Road Sign
  • Vintage 'Buckle Up' Road Sign
  • Vintage 'Buckle Up' Road Sign
H 15 in. W 30 in. D 0.1 in.
Large Retro American Diner Lights
Located in London, GB
A wonderful pair of vintage large American diner lights shaped as the letter R. This date from around the 1950-60’s. They have been fitted with LED lights by the previous owner, a...
Category

Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Used Signs

Materials

Plastic

  • Large Retro American Diner Lights
  • Large Retro American Diner Lights
  • Large Retro American Diner Lights
  • Large Retro American Diner Lights
H 29 in. W 31 in. D 5 in.
French, 19th Century Iron Shoemakers Shop Sign
Located in Amsterdam, NL
Original riveted sheet iron shoemakers shop sign. Unique find, France, circa 1800-1850. Traces of red paint visible. Weathered.
Category

19th Century French Folk Art Used Signs

Materials

Iron

  • French, 19th Century Iron Shoemakers Shop Sign
  • French, 19th Century Iron Shoemakers Shop Sign
  • French, 19th Century Iron Shoemakers Shop Sign
  • French, 19th Century Iron Shoemakers Shop Sign
H 15.75 in. W 22.05 in. D 0.79 in.
Kemel Leeford Rankine Metal Sign
Located in Long Island City, NY
Kemel Leeford Rankine metal sign painted by Jamaican born artist.
Category

20th Century North American Mid-Century Modern Used Signs

Materials

Metal

Ladies ‘Dame’ Mid Century Restroom Sign from South of France Made in Metal
Located in London, GB
A French Mid Century Modern Swimming Pool changing room sign for a Lady or Ladies. The 3 dimensional letters made from metal box cut and riveted and welded on to a base plate in Orig...
Category

1950s French Mid-Century Modern Used Signs

Materials

Metal

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Used Signs For Sale on 1stDibs

An assortment of used signs is available at 1stDibs. Each of these unique used signs was constructed with extraordinary care, often using metal, wood and glass. Used signs have been made for many years, and versions that date back to the 18th Century alongside those produced as recently as the 21st Century. Used signs made by Folk Art designers — as well as those associated with Industrial — are very popular at 1stDibs. There have been many well-made used signs over the years, but those made by Coca Cola Bottling Co., Gods Own Junkyard and Fred G. Johnson are often thought to be among the most beautiful.

How Much are Used Signs?

Prices for used signs start at $55 and top out at $80,000 with the average selling for $1,450.

Finding the Right Signs for You

Vintage and antique signs are popular collector’s items loved not only for the charm and pops of color they add to a space but also for the unique story each one has to tell. An interesting sign can help set the mood for a room and spark dozens of lively conversations.

Before and during the 18th century, many European peasants and colonists in the Americas couldn’t read, so shopkeepers, in an effort to promote their goods and services, hung trade signs with limited amounts of text.

Indeed, symbols and representational physical objects comprised early-day advertising efforts. In lieu of painted words on a wooden board, trade signs made use of handmade three-dimensional symbols to indicate the function of the shop. The iconic red, white and blue pole could be found outside barbershops, while a figural trade sign mounted to an apothecary’s storefront might be a mortar and pestle sculpted from bronze in order to indicate to passers-by that inside there were apothecary cabinets full of remedies for common ailments and a druggist to carefully dispense them.

As literacy rates improved, signs evolved into rectangular, round or square shapes that featured text. Short and sweet, early iterations were characterized by a mere few words, such as “tavern,” “boarding room” or “apothecary.”

During the 19th century, proprietors endeavored to render their signs more appealing. This meant the introduction of more color, font types and other pictorial representations. After the Civil War ended, logos, branding and advertising became increasingly more important, and the design of signage evolved. Trade signs were still in use during the 20th century, and you will likely find hand-painted tin eyeglasses for an optometrist’s office or an oversize bowling pin that likely had a home in the front window of a bowling alley.

Today, collectors and art aficionados alike collect and display antique and vintage signs. Old signs hearken back to a long-gone era, infusing any interior with warmth and nostalgia.

A vintage sign can help anchor a room — think of decorating with signs as you would arranging any kind of wall art. A large-scale sign in particular can prove a distinguishing feature in a living room or dining room, a focal point so prominent that it might lessen the burden of introducing any additional decorative elements to this particular space. Smaller signs work wonders too — pepper sparsely decorated corners with small colorful signs or add a humorous or graphic element to your gallery-style hang with a small text-based sign or two.

On 1stDibs, find metal, wood and glass antique and vintage signs that span a number of styles, including mid-century modern, industrial and folk art.