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Four Foot Tall Ice Cream Cone Sign C1960s
Four Foot Tall Ice Cream Cone Sign C1960s

$995.00

Get in the mood for summer with this four foot tall fiberglass ice cream cone, complete with whipped cream! This three-dimensional sign once flanked the entry way to a neighborhood scoop shop and stands today as a reminder of idyllic vacations and mid-century quirk. The cone is hollow and while...

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Oculist's Advertising Thermometer C1880
Oculist's Advertising Thermometer C1880

6" W x 24" H | Was $1800

$1,440.00

his optician's thermometer is a brilliant example of early utilitarian advertisement. In the late 19th and early 20th centuries, businesses needed to peddle their wares through something more permanent than the pamphlets that had littered the ground for so many decades. These advertising thermome...

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Bold and Graphic Foodcraft Sign C1940s
Bold and Graphic Foodcraft Sign C1940s

55" W x 36" H

$1,500.00

When it comes to vintage signage, we have a soft spot for great fonts and graphics. Fortunately, this sign offers a (literal) cornucopia of both. We love the weathered red-painted steel, which has been screened with a fantastic graphic of a cornucopia laden with vitals: bread, flour, coffee, mayo...

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Astonioshing Federal Electric Co Enamel Clothing Sign C1903
Astonioshing Federal Electric Co Enamel Clothing Sign C1903

103" W x 20" H

$9,750.00

We took special care in restoring this incredible early-century Clothing sign. Having never before seen anything like it, we are fascinated by the ornate blue and white enamel frame and the 18" tall pressed enamel letters, each of which is adorned by a set of light bulbs so that this sign glows f...

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Best's Shoe Repair Trade Sign C1915
Best's Shoe Repair Trade Sign C1915

$525.00

This early-century trade sign doesn't mean to boast, but apparently Mr. Best just happened to be the finest cobbler in Brooklyn, NY, once upon a time. Trade signs are a special favorite of ours, particularly when they are this charming. This rustic wooden sign features the original paint and hand...

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Watch Makers Trade Sign W/ Stand C1900
Watch Makers Trade Sign W/ Stand C1900

$1,750.00

Made from cast iron and steel, this incredible pocket watch trade sign would have originally hung above the entrance to a watch, jewelry and clock repair shop. The sign is embossed and double-sided, making it even more remarkable. One face of the watch has been refinished, with era-appropriate co...

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Incredible Zinc Horse Head Farrier's Trade Sign C1880
Incredible Zinc Horse Head Farrier's Trade Sign C1880

$4,250.00

When it comes to 19th century trade signs, this is a horse of a different color. Made of zinc, this sign was formed using the repousse method of molding metal -- by hammering and forming it from the inside out. While the form and composition is stunning, we also love the perfectly worn gilt finis...

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Monumental Terra Cotta Steer Head Medallion c1920
Monumental Terra Cotta Steer Head Medallion c1920

$6,000.00

Salvaged from the front of a meat packing plant in Buffalo, NY, this astonishing bull's head is an incredible relic from the heyday of agricultural-industrial dominance. Weighing nearly 80 pounds, the terra cotta proves to be a very durable, yet gentle medium. Note the phenomenal care that was pu...

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Cast Aluminum Chiropractic Trade Sign c1940's
Cast Aluminum Chiropractic Trade Sign c1940's

$1,300.00

Cast from aluminum, with finish worn over time, this chiropractic trade sign has one of the most compelling compositions we've seen. Recalling Deco forms, the winged figure is stylized with streamlined symmetry, while the blocky type of the winding banner suggests a slightly later date.

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Hand Painted Men's Clothing Sign c1915
Hand Painted Men's Clothing Sign c1915

14-1/4" W x 50-1/4" H

$1,250.00

What could be more dapper? This hand-painted sign features gentlemen of the period (early 20th century) sporting the finest styles of the day: high, starched collars, straw hats and smartly-cropped mustaches and hair cuts. While the Wolf Store is long-gone from Chambersburg, Pennsylvania, this re...

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Hand-Carved Illuminated Peacock Statue c1910
Hand-Carved Illuminated Peacock Statue c1910

$8,500.00

A rare bird, if their ever was one. Completely unique and one of the most unexpected finds we've ever come across, we believe this piece to have been the focal point to a carousel in its day. Hand-carved from wood and outfitted with 28 bulbs (included), the peacock is ornamented with its original...

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