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.
Very Early Glass Western Union Window Sign
This is the earliest Western Union sign we have ever come across. I'm guessing it dates to around the 1870s. Its hand painted on glass heavy glass. The rounded corners are all hand shaped. The patina is amazing... this is a real survivor... 16" x 25"... $750