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 Guild Sign from Bayreuth Bavaria
I'm guessing that this tavern or butcher shop sign dates to the early 1800s or late 1700s. The ornate bracket is all hand formed iron with a hand painted tin sign. Travel the narrow streets of Europe's Medieval old towns and you can still spot signs like this that are still in use... $2800