We have always considered and collected these commercial masks and helmets as industries tribal art. Examples can be elegant in their simplicity or bazaar and complex. They are always unique, suprising and filled with personality.
Rare 1800s Double-Sided Watchmaker Trade Sign
This impressive 19th century antique American outdoor storefront hanging jeweler or watchmaker trade sign is attributed to the Miller Co., Bellefontaine, OH. Visually striking and double-sided the pocket watch advertising sign features an ornamental cast iron bezel adorned with surrounding embossed letter banners interspersed with floral rosettes and a painted pressed zinc face. The gilding and paint has a beautiful aged patina. Just the way I like to find them... $2600