Watch Trade Sign, ca. 1890
We were cleaning out the house of a friend who had passed away, and we found it in the basement lying around.
What it is is what we call a trade sign. This was a sign that would hang outside of a jewelry shop or a watch shop, and it really sort of hearkens back to the time when you couldn't count on people being literate. These date generally from the 1880s, 1890s.
The majority of them are all cast metal-- cast iron with a zinc face. What's really unusual about this is it is wood with a cast iron top. Has a little damage right here. And the other side, there's always one side that's not quite as good as the other. But all you need is one side.
I think at auction, even in this condition, it could easily bring $2,000 to $3,000.
And who knows, maybe a little more. It has a great quality to it.
Great, thank you.
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