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Collection of ceremonial keys
Part of a collection of oversize keys:
trade signs, "keys to the city",
and souvenirs, 1800's - 1940's
Mr. R Blight sign
Mr. R Blight sign with
hand cut letters
Folky butcher's trade sign
Folky metal trade sign
with rooster, found objects
Universe sign
3-D Op art "Universe" sign
Tobacco crate labelTobacco crate labelTobacco crate label
Three beautiful lithographed tobacco crate labels from the late 1800's
Keystone paint sign
Several different old
"Wet Paint" signs
Slow/Stop highway worker's sign
Two sided hand made construction
workers' sign, 4 1/2 feet long
Painted sign
Folky long Reward sign
Painted sign
Painted sign

Mr. R Blight signThis is a wood sign with applied wood letters that reads "Mr. R. Blight". It is painted dark gray with red letters, and has two eyes on top for hanging. It can also sit on a desk or shelf. The red paint has a crazed surface. This sign measures 21" wide by 4 1/2" high by 1 1/2" deep. It was probably made in the 1940's or earlier, and is in good condition with some paint wear and a few small chips. The price is $185.00. Inventory Code: THTW.   "Mr. R. Blight" sign ... Closeups ... Another closeup ... From above ... Closeup from above ... From below ... Back.

Folky butcher's trade signThis is a folky butcher's trade sign. It is hand made from metal tools and found objects, with a sheet metal rooster on top. Ice tongs form part of the frame. It has worn silver paint with areas of surface rust. Red and black decoration was added on one side. From the first half of the 1900's, it measures 30" high by 22" wide by about 5" deep at the tong handles, in very good, weathered condition. The price is $1500.00. Inventory Code: CCRS.   Folky butcher's trade sign ... Closeup ... The other side ... Side views ... From above ... With a soda can for scale.
Some much larger photos:   Folky butcher's trade sign ... Closeup ... The other side ... Side views ... From above ... With a soda can for scale.

Universe signThis is a large, 3-dimensional, Op Art "Universe" sign. It is made of fiberglass and various sized wooden dowels, with vibrant paint. The word arches over the central half-globe, while the graduated dowels also project out from the background. The sign is 33" square by about 5 1/2" deep; the mounting brackets on top add another 1 1/2" to the height. The overall condition is good, with some paint loss, stains, chips around the edges, a gouge in the lower part of the globe, and two broken dowels in the lower right. It is from the late 20th or early 21st century. The price is $425.00. Inventory Code: TRCP.   Universe sign ... Side view ... The other side ... From above ... Another view from above ... Closeup, upper left ... Upper right ... Lower left ... Lower right ... Closeup center ... From below ... Closeup from side ... Closeup, other side ... Back view ... Another view from back ... With a yardstick and soda can for scale.
Some much larger photos:   Universe sign ... Side view ... The other side ... From above ... Another view from above ... Closeup, upper left ... Upper right ... Lower left ... Lower right ... Closeup center ... From below ... Closeup from side ... Closeup, other side ... Back view.

Keystone paint signThis is an old "Wet Paint" sign with great graphics. It probably is from the 1940's. This sign is printed on a heavy card stock in a black wood frame. The image is 8 5/8" by 12 1/4" while the overall size of the frame is 11" by 14 5/8". There are five available. They are $65.00 each. Inventory Code: TCAC.   Keystone paint sign ... Overall, with the frame ... Closeup ... A second closeup ... Side view.

Dutch Boy wet paint signThis is a very graphic old "Wet Paint" sign for Dutch Boy white lead paint. It is not dated but came with some others from 1934 and '36. This sign is printed on a heavy card stock, in a black wood frame. The condition is very good. The image is about 7 1/4" by 10 1/2" while the overall size of the frame is 9 3/4" by 12 3/4". There are three available, and they may be purchased with or without frames. The price is $45.00 as framed or $35.00 without the frame. Inventory Code: TCTR.   Dutch Boy wet paint sign ... With the frame ... Side view.

Dutch Boy wet paint signThis is an old "Wet Paint" sign for Dutch Boy white lead paint. It is dated 1936. This sign is printed on a heavy card stock, in a black wood frame. The condition is very good. The image is about 7 1/4" by 10 1/2" while the overall size of the frame is 9 3/4" by 12 3/4". There are seven available, and they may be purchased with or without frames while our supply of frames lasts. The price is $40.00 as framed or $30.00 without the frame. Inventory Code: TCTP.   Dutch Boy wet paint sign ... With the frame ... Side view.

Dutch Boy wet paint signThis is an old "Wet Paint" sign for Dutch Boy white lead paint. It is dated 1934. This sign is printed on a heavy card stock. The sign is about 7 1/4" by 10 1/2". It has a minor crease across one corner, and foxing along one side as visible in the photos. It is unframed, or may be ordered in a black frame similar to the other paint signs, while our supply of frames lasts. The size if framed would be 9 3/4" by 12 3/4". The price is $25.00 as is, or $35.00 framed. Inventory Code: TCTS.   Dutch Boy wet paint sign.

Collection of ceremonial keys 

Here is a collection of oversize keys. There are trade signs, ceremonial "keys to the city", and souvenirs. They range in age from the late 1800's through about the 1940's, and in size from 8" to almost 5 feet long. They are described and priced separately below, with a discount for buying several - they look great together.

Large ceremonial keyThis is the largest and most intricate of the keys at almost 5 feet long. It has the delightful inscription "The Key to Nollidge" "With all best wishes for many Happy Days (and Nights) RDL" "21 today (and tomorrow)". It is pieced from plywood, and measures 57 1/2" long by 14" high by 1 1/2" at the thickest. The paint is silver and gold, with red and black lettering. Two newer metal hangers have been attached to the back. There is some wear and paint loss, especially around the edges, and some of the red paint has smeared. The age appears to be from about the 1920's to 40's. The price is $850.00. Inventory Code: CTPC.   The largest key, with a yardstick ... Closeup ... Closeup, other end ... From above and below ... End view ... Back view ... Closeup of back ... Second closeup of back.
Some much larger photos:   The largest key, with a yardstick ... Closeup ... Closeup, other end ... From above and below ... End view ... Back view ... Closeup of back ... Second closeup of back.

1897 Christmas souvenir metal keysThis is a cast iron depiction of crossed keys reading "Merry Xmas 1897, Happy New Year 1898". It is in excellent condition, with a very dark oxidized surface and faint traces of green and red paint. It measures about 7" by 6" by 1/4" thick. The price is $250.00. Inventory Code: CTSW.   1897 Christmas souvenir metal keys ... From above ... From below ... Back view ... With a 12" ruler for scale.
Some much larger photos:   1897 Christmas souvenir metal keys ... From above ... From below ... With a 12" ruler for scale.

1928 Louisville keyThis metal ceremonial key is marked "June 1928 To Louisville". It is 10" long by 4 3/4" high by about 1/2" thick, with worn black paint. There is a chip or casting flaw on one side of the handle, done before the key was painted. The price is $150.00. Inventory Code: CTSH.   1928 Louisville key, with a 12" ruler ... Closeup ... The other side ... Closeup ... End view ... The other end.
Some much larger photos:   1928 Louisville key, with a 12" ruler ... Closeup ... The other side ... Closeup ... End view.

Hot Springs souvenir keyA souvenir thermometer in the form of a key. The front is inscribed "Hot Springs, Ark. Entrance to Government Reservation". The back has a patent date of Aug. 25, 1925 and a U.S. seal with an eagle. It is 8 1/2" long by 2 3/4" wide, in very good condition with a slightly oxidized surface. The price is $110.00. Inventory Code: CTSR.   Hot Springs souvenir thermometer key ... Closeup of top ... Closeup, lower ... Other side ... Other side, closeup of top ... Closeup of lower ... With a 12" ruler for scale.

More oversized keys


Slow/Stop highway worker's signThis is an old slow/stop sign of the type used by signal persons on roads. It has a wood handle, metal sign, and cloth flag; and was probably made about the 1940's or a bit earlier. The entire piece is 55" long. The metal sign is 14" by 8" and reads "Slow" on one side and "Stop" on the other. Both it and the end of the handle are painted orange, with the words on the metal in white. The red cotton flag is about 12" by 13", and is somewhat tattered through use. The handle was cut into an octagon along its length. The overall condition is good with normal wear, scratches, and scrapes from years of use. The price is $350.00. Inventory Code: CAPO.   Slow/Stop highway worker's sign ... The other side, with a yardstick for scale ... Closeup ... Closeup, other side ... Side view ... From below ... From above ... Side view, closeup ... The other side.
Some much larger photos:   Slow/Stop highway worker's sign ... The other side, with a yardstick for scale ... Closeup ... Closeup, other side ... Side view ... From below ... From above ... Side view, closeup ... The other side.

Here are three beautiful lithographed tobacco crate labels from the late 1800's. These are original, unused old stock paper labels that were never glued to a crate. They have great color and designs.

Tobacco crate label"The Enchanter" "Manufactured by Watson & McGill, Petersburg, Virginia, USA" is 10" wide by 10 1/4" high, in near mint condition. The price is $95.00. Inventory Code: CTOA.   "The Enchanter" tobacco crate label ... Back ... With a 12" ruler for scale.
Some much larger photos:   "The Enchanter" tobacco crate label ... Back ... With a 12" ruler for scale.

Tobacco crate label"Diana" is 10 7/8" high by 6 3/4" wide, with very rich color. There is a small split in the paper under the letter "I" in Diana, as seen in the closeup. The price is $95.00. Inventory Code: CTOH.   "Diana" tobacco crate label ... Closeup ... Back ... With a 12" ruler for scale.
Some much larger photos:   "Diana" tobacco crate label ... Closeup ... Back ... With a 12" ruler for scale.

Tobacco crate label"The Belle of Virginia" is 13 7/8" high by 6 3/4" wide. There is a corner crease in the border only in the upper right, and a little roughness of the bottom edge, again only in the border. The price is $95.00. Inventory Code: CTOW.   "Belle of Virginia" tobacco crate label ... Back ... With a 12" ruler for scale.
Some much larger photos:   "Belle of Virginia" tobacco crate label ... Back ... With a 12" ruler for scale.

Painted signThis is a folky old wood sign. Painted on a single board is the message: "$100.00 reward for information leading to the arrest & conviction of any person destroying or damaging this company's property..." The sign looks like it was done about the 1940's and the paint, with some slight wear is still good and strong. Two metal loops were added on the back for hanging. The board has some old dry rot along one edge. This sign is 65" long by 7 1/4" high by 3/4" thick. The price is $175.00. Inventory Code: TORK.   Reward sign ... Closeup, left side ... Closeup middle ... Closeup, right side ... Closeup from above ... Another closeup from above ... Overall, side view ... Back view ... Closeup, back left ... Closeup, back middle ... Closeup, back right ... With a yardstick and soda can for scale.

This is a wooden sign with good color and a nice weathered surface. It reads "Concrete Incinerators Mfg. & Sold Here!" It is painted on both sides in gold, black, red, and blue on a white background. A blue border is made from narrow wood strips attached around the edges. The size is 18" high by 31" wide. It is probably from about the 1950's, and is in excellent condition. The price is $110.00. Inventory Code: PAOW.   Image.

 

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