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Monumental 1930s Wood No Smoking Sign from New York City
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Monumental hand carved wood sign from the 1930s. Made by H.H. Upham & Co. Interestingly, this company owned a huge sign manufacturing business in the ...
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1930s American Vintage Signs

Materials

Wood

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 Art Deco period. This embossed metal sign was designed for the dark beer called ...
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Mid-20th Century Belgian Art Deco Signs

Materials

Tin

Art Nouveau Moriz Jung Cabaret Fledermaus Vienna Enameled Advertising Sign
Located in Vienna, AT
A domed, black & white enameled Art Nouveau advertising sign for Cabaret Fledermaus in Vienna. Artwork by Moriz Jung from the early 1900s, the production date is around the 1960s. Hi...
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Early 1900s Austrian Art Nouveau Antique Signs

Materials

Metal, Enamel, Iron

Early 20th century French antique street shop sign
Located in Debenham, Suffolk
Here we present an unusual find of a french antique shop sign, circa 1920. Shaped steel, painted with applied lettering in french which reads 'antiques and secondhand goods'.  The d...
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Early 20th Century French Art Deco Signs

Materials

Steel

Giant Excedrin Pill Pop Art
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Monumental vintage Excedrin pill in cream plaster/ceramic. 3.75" diameter. Likely used as a store display. Whimsical desktop object or paperweight. Green felted bottom. Great piece o...
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1970s American Vintage Signs

Materials

Plaster, Paint

Late 20th Century Pastry Shop Sign Patisserie Fine Pies and Pastries
Located in Stamford, CT
Late 20th century reproduction wood hand-painted pastry shop sign Patisserie Fine Pies and Pastries. This is a fun colorful sign perfect for any home or business. Painted on wood pan...
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Late 20th Century English Signs

Materials

Wood

Eye and Glasses Window Display Trade Sign
Located in Chillerton, Isle of Wight
Eye and Glasses Window Display Trade Sign The sign is made in presses tin, it seems to be hand painted with the slogan Eye Glasses Sold Here The sign is a ...
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1930s Folk Art Vintage Signs

Materials

Tin

Vintage Jasper Engines & Transmissions Ken's Auto Repair Sheet Metal Retail Sign
Located in Philadelphia, PA
Vintage Jasper Engines & Transmissions Ken's Auto Repair Sheet Metal Retail Sign. Circa Late 20th Century. Measurements: 36" H x 47.5" W.
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Late 20th Century Modern Signs

Materials

Sheet Metal

French, 19th Century Iron Shoemakers Shop Sign
Located in Buisson, FR
Original riveted sheet iron shoemakers shop sign. Unique find, France, circa 1800-1850. Traces of red paint visible. Weathered.
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19th Century French Folk Art Antique Signs

Materials

Iron

English Pub Sign, "Charrington - The Eagle Tavern"
Located in Austin, TX
An authentic English pub sign (one-sided) featuring a painting of an eagle in flight with mountains in the background, entitled: Charrington - The Eagle Tavern. A very fine example of vintage advertising artwork, ready for display. Charrington & Co. Ltd, Anchor Brewery, Mile End Road, Tower Hamlets, London E1 The partnership of Charrington and Moss was first recorded at Mile End in 1770. Registered as Charrington & Co. Ltd in July 1897 In 1962 they merged with United Breweries Ltd (formerly Northern Breweries of Great Britain Ltd...
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20th Century English Signs

Materials

Metal

Scandinavian blue glass and gold boutique shoe shop sign
Located in Debenham, Suffolk
Scandinavian blue glass and gold boutique shoe shop sign circa 1900 Stunning piece of shop front signage from Sweden, gold bevelled effect lettering on blue background. Lovely decor...
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Early 20th Century Swedish Victorian Signs

Materials

Glass, Art Glass

English Pub Sign, "Fountain Head"
Located in Austin, TX
An authentic English pub sign (one-sided) featuring a painting of a Classical urn or fountainhead spouting cascades of water in a park setting, entitled: Worth Brewery - The Crickete...
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20th Century English Signs

Materials

Metal

Nantucket Scallop Sign
Located in Essex, MA
Excellent old Nantucket Scallop sign with notched corners on old wood with white hand-painted letting. The back is covered with old newspaper. Old wood shows wear and cracking, whic...
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20th Century American Signs

Materials

Wood, Paint

Early-20th Century Boul Club Sign
Located in London, GB
Early-20th Century Boul Club Sign A complete one off, in the form of a hand carved / painted oversized Boul club advertising sign dated 1922. Completely untouched in form showing ...
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Early 20th Century French Folk Art Signs

Materials

Pine

1950 watch repair light box sign
Located in Surrey, BC
A vintage all original advertising light box sign depicting watch repairs in faded original glass.. a nice addition to sign collector or watch dealers . Made in USA acquired from a ...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Signs

Materials

Metal

Mid-20th Century Hardware Store Advertising Shop Display Oversized Nail
Located in London, GB
Mid-20th Century Hardware Store Advertising Shop Display Oversized Nail Every now and again we find something that’s a complete one off and just brilliantly quirky and fun. This is...
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Mid-20th Century British Mid-Century Modern Signs

Materials

Wrought Iron

Advertising Glass Sign "Trink Coca Cola - Eiskalt". 1950 - 1959
Located in CADALSO, ES
Great condition
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Mid-20th Century German Mid-Century Modern Signs

Materials

Glass

Antique Vintage Reverse Painted Glass Chemist Pharmacy Sign, C.1930
Located in London, GB
An elegant reverse painted glass chemist's sign. c.1930 Gilt lettering and green carboy, reverse painted on clear thick plate glass. Set into a simple ebonised wooden frame.
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Early 20th Century English Art Deco Signs

Materials

Glass, Wood

English Pub Sign, "The Anchor - Hall and Woodhouse"
Located in Austin, TX
An authentic English pub sign (one-sided) featuring a painting of a barge navigating a canal, entitled: The Anchor - Hall & Woodhouse. A very fine example of vintage advertising art...
Category

20th Century English Signs

Materials

Metal

Advertising Glass Sign "Trink Coca Cola - Coke". 1950 - 1959
Located in CADALSO, ES
Great condition
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Mid-20th Century German Mid-Century Modern Signs

Materials

Glass

Early 20th c. Toleware Glove Maker's Store Sign c.1900-1909
Located in San Francisco, CA
ABOUT An original French glove maker's store sign. Enameled painted metal with gold, stitched seams and a blue frilled cuff and large blue glass stone at the wrist. Shown with life...
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Early 20th Century French Victorian Signs

Materials

Metal

Vintage Art Deco Mid Century Oak and Glass Office Advertising Sign, C.1940
Located in London, GB
An unusual wooden and glazed office sign. c.1940 Reserve painted leaded glass office/advertising sign. Origins unknown, but great font and size.
Category

Mid-20th Century English Mid-Century Modern Signs

Materials

Glass, Oak

Manual Entrance Bell in wrought iron, Tyrolean Craftsmanship from 1950s
By Vienna School of Arts and Crafts
Located in Vigonza, Padua
Manual entrance bell in wrought iron, Tyrolean craftsmanship from 1950 The wrought iron structure is a classic stylized dragon figure, very common in the Austrian Alto Torolo area. ...
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1950s Austrian Art Nouveau Vintage Signs

Materials

Wrought Iron, Bronze

Los Angeles City Limit Freeway Sign, USA
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Amazing City of Los Angeles freeway sign. This sign welcomed you as you entered the city of Los Angeles. Reflective letters and border as well as a protective plastic sheet over the ...
Category

2010s American Signs

Materials

Aluminum

Large French Toleware Glove Maker’s Shop Trade Sign
Located in Chillerton, Isle of Wight
Large French Toleware Glove Maker’s Shop Trade Sign This is a very rare piece it is in good condition and has a new blacksmith made wall bracket, the bracket is copy of the origina...
Category

Early 1900s Folk Art Antique Signs

Materials

Tin

Antique Optometrist Double Sided Trade Sign
Located in Carimate, Como
Antique hanging advertising sign for an optician, circa 1920-1930. Double sided big cast zinc glasses with four hand painted eyes on original adjustable iron wall bracket. Collectabl...
Category

Early 20th Century Italian Arts and Crafts Signs

Materials

Zinc

English Pub Sign, "The Ship"
Located in Austin, TX
An authentic English pub sign (one-sided) featuring a painting of a British brigantine or two-mast sailing ship featuring flags with St. George's cross, entitled: The Ship. A very f...
Category

20th Century English Signs

Materials

Metal

Set of Temperance Day Sheet Metal Road Signs, circa 1951
Located in Santa Monica, CA
Created by the Seventh-Day Adventists church in 1951 for their October 27th, 1951 Temperance Day "Weapons and Warfare" Campaign against alcohol consumption in the United States. The ...
Category

1950s American Folk Art Vintage Signs

Materials

Sheet Metal

Large Heavy Duty Cast Iron Gentlemen Wall Sign Plaque, C.1920
Located in London, GB
A large and incredible heavy duty cast iron Gentlemen sign. c.1920 In original condition with an amazing patina. Likely once mounted outside a public restroom.
Category

Early 20th Century English Industrial Signs

Materials

Iron

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 - from the beloved fairy tale Puss In Boots - in the light of a streetlamp at night, e...
Category

20th Century English Signs

Materials

Metal

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 painted hat makers trade sign. In the form of a Bicorn h...
Category

Early 1900s French Victorian Antique Signs

Materials

Metal

Wood 'Lunch' Sign, 1980s USA
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Prominent 1980s reversible LUNCH sign in a unique and bold blue base color with white font and borders. The reverse side features colorful flowers and the w...
Category

1980s American Vintage Signs

Materials

Wood

English Pub Sign, "Free House - The Lord Nelson"
Located in Austin, TX
An authentic English pub sign (one-sided) featuring a portrait painting of Lord Nelson in full regalia, entitled: Free House - The Lord Nelson. A free house in Great Britain is a pu...
Category

20th Century English Signs

Materials

Metal

Funky Vintage Israeli Ice Cream Commercial , Hand Painted On Metal
Located in Delray Beach, FL
Beautiful Judaica hand painting on metal of early commercial of the first ice cream company that was establish in the state of Israel, you could see early ice cream products With the names , one of a kind example of early business commercial of the Strauss company . Richard and Hilde Strauss, German...
Category

20th Century Israeli Signs

Materials

Metal, Tin

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 of an early 20th Century toleware double sided Frenc...
Category

1910s French Late Victorian Vintage Signs

Materials

Sheet Metal

Wood 'Dinner' Sign, 1980s USA
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Prominent 1980s reversible DINNER sign in a unique and bold blue base color with white font and borders. The reverse side features colorful flowers and the word "TEA" painted in maro...
Category

1980s American Vintage Signs

Materials

Wood

Advertising Mirror by Raymond Peynet for Atikah Cigaretten
Located in CADALSO, ES
Extremely rare to find.
Category

20th Century German Mid-Century Modern Signs

Materials

Mirror

Antique Original 1917 Connecticut Automobile License Plate
Located in Stamford, CT
This is an original 1917 Connecticut automobile license plate with a six digit number 54232. It would look great on a classic car or a nice addition to a license plate collection...
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Early 20th Century American Signs

Materials

Metal

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 some plastic
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1970s Czech Mid-Century Modern Vintage Signs

Materials

Iron

English Pub Sign, "The Admiral"
Located in Austin, TX
An authentic English pub sign (one-sided) featuring a portrait painting of a decorated Royal Navy admiral with the sea and warships in the backgroun...
Category

20th Century English Signs

Materials

Metal

Stunning Vintage Metal Advertising Letter A
Located in Tunbridge Wells, GB
A stunning vintage metal advertising letter A. The patina on this item is sensational.
Category

Mid-20th Century British Industrial Signs

Materials

Metal

English Pub Sign, "The London Inn - St. Austell Ales"
Located in Austin, TX
An authentic English pub sign (two-sided) featuring a painting of a City of London scene featuring Big Ben clock tower and Westminster Bridge, entitled: The London Inn - St. Austell ...
Category

20th Century English Signs

Materials

Metal

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 U.S. Army personnel, this mid-20th century sign hand-painted with a mock Latin insc...
Category

Mid-20th Century American Signs

Materials

Wood

Vintage neon propaganda from Steiff. 1960 - 1965
Located in CADALSO, ES
This object was only issued for Steiff dealers. Has never been sold to private persons
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1950s German Mid-Century Modern Vintage Signs

Materials

Brass

20Thc Folk Art Cow Sign W/ Original Chain
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Early 20thc folky hand made cow trade sign.This full body cow hanging trade sign is double sided and has the original metal chain.The cow is hand carved & painted wood.
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1940s American Adirondack Vintage Signs

Materials

Wood

Breitling Retail Store Display Advertising Sign
Located in Forney, TX
A scarce vintage Breitling watch three-dimensional retail store advertising display stand window sign. Rare large free-standing example, only given to select dealers, featuring a tall rectangular solid wood frame, raised chrome Breitling letters, over a yellow jet plane in sculptural relief form, on a most distinctive artistically distressed background; the reverse finished with a flueele fabric and adorned with the Breitling 1884 logo; rising on metal feet. Dimensions: (approx) 29.5" High, 24.5" Wide, 5.5" Deep Condition Report: Great original unrestored vintage condition. Presents well. Some condition issues/retaining vintage character marks and charm, including scattered nicks, mainly to the front top right frame, minor scuffs to the letters, scratches, slight bend to left foot pad, all typical wear consistent with age and indicative of industrial use. At the time of writing this, we also have some other luxury watch store signage / merchandising displays, including Rolex, Panerai, Cartier, antique clock...
Category

Late 20th Century Industrial Signs

Materials

Metal, Chrome

Large Early 20th century Palethorps Pictorial Enamel Sausage Sign Very Rare
Located in Chillerton, Isle of Wight
Large Early 20th century Palethorps Pictorial Enamel Sausage Sign Very Rare old sign with a mouth watering picture of Palethorps Royal Cambridge sausages The sign is made in ceram...
Category

1920s Folk Art Vintage Signs

Materials

Enamel

Vintage Heavy Cast Iron Dog Lawn Sign
Located in Mexico City, CDMX
We offer this original Vintage Heavy Cast Iron Dog Lawn Sign. Made in iron with great patina
Category

1950s American Industrial Vintage Signs

Materials

Iron

Antique Steel & Cast Iron Bus Station Standing Pole Sign by J.G. Pollard Co.
Located in New York, NY
Manufactured by J.G. Pollard Co., a company with a long history dating back to its establishment in 1837 in Brooklyn, New York, this sign represents a part of the heritage of metal c...
Category

Mid-20th Century American Industrial Signs

Materials

Steel, Iron

Folky Hand Carved & Painted Fish Sign
Located in Los Angeles, CA
This folky hand carved & painted fish sign comes from a cabin in New England.Possibly a fishing campsite.Amazing painted surface.
Category

Early 20th Century American Adirondack Signs

Materials

Wood

Vintage Original Mickey Mouse Neon Sign Framed
Located in Stamford, CT
Fantastic, original 1970s Mickey Mouse Neon Sign in working condition. This is a great piece with real neon glass tubes in metal box with black lucite front. It's a fun piece perfect...
Category

Late 20th Century American Signs

Materials

Metal

Vintage Industrial Mid-Century Scratch Built Hand Made Wooden Child Cart, C.1950
Located in London, GB
A wonderful scratch built childs red bicycle wagon. c.1950 Hand built and painted little red wagon full of charm and character. Could be repurposed as a planter, garden decoration...
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Mid-20th Century English Industrial Signs

Materials

Wood

1950s Modern French Wall Sign for Coffee
Located in Antwerp, BE
1950s French wall sign for coffee. Great wall decoration in modern style; a sign in bright blue color with a red band and a kind of ribbon with the Jihair ...
Category

Mid-20th Century French Modern Signs

Materials

Other

Mid 20th Century Vintage Porcelain Enameled Metal Sprinkler Fire Alarm Sign
Located in Stamford, CT
Great Vintage porcelain sign-enameled metal sign, Sprinkler Fire Alarm when bell rings call Police or Fire Dept. This sign came off an industrial building built in the late 1940s. ...
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Mid-20th Century American Signs

Materials

Metal

Beer Sign, Germany, 1940s
Located in Antwerp, BE
Tin advertising sign for German Beer . This Thuringia beer sign for Vitaminator Nährbier was made by Union - Werke A-G Radebeul Dresden Germany in the 1940s. It is an orange with blue sign with nice lettering. In beautiful condition with some traces by age and use like on the borders and some light scratches on the blue. Vintage wall decoration theme beer, Brewery. Vintage Signs - Vintage Beer Signs - Beer Gift - German Beer - Orange Signs - Orange and Blue - Orange Wall Decor...
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Mid-20th Century German Art Deco Signs

Materials

Tin

English Pub Sign "The Magdalen"
Located in Austin, TX
An authentic English pub sign (one-sided) featuring a painting of a monastery abbey ruin, entitled: The Magdalen. A very fine example of vintage advertising artwork and ready for d...
Category

20th Century English Signs

Materials

Paint, Wood

English Wrought Iron Panel Baring the Monogram DC
Located in Wormelow, Herefordshire
An antique English wrought iron panel baring the monogram DC. This exquisite sign has a scrolling handcrafted design; applied swags and floral embellishments are complimented by its ...
Category

Late 19th Century English Georgian Antique Signs

Materials

Metal, Iron, Wrought Iron

mid 20th century xxl leather glove, publicity sign from Italian shop ...
Located in Brecht, BE
a unique, quirky object, made in the 1950's for an Italian shop ... great decorative item for glove lovers ... in good vintage condition ...
Category

Mid-20th Century Italian Signs

Materials

Leather

Antique, New and Vintage Signs

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.

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