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Advertising & Folk Art

Folk Art and Antique Advertising remains the most intriguing and visual of the collecting world’s taste for the beautiful and unusual in the realm of collectible artistry.

Past Prices Realized

Price Realized ($23,000)

Made by J.P. Brown Invalid

Made by J.P. Brown Invalid

A completely decorated frame with intense details, this beautiful folk art carved picture in frame was from the Donal Markey collection and sold for more than six times its estimated price $3,000 – $3,500

Price Realized ($3,738)

ADMIRATION CIGAR WALL SIGN

ADMIRATION CIGAR WALL SIGN

This very unusual cast aluminum caricature of a smoking moon face man is quite novel, offered in our March 2014 auction against a $1,200 – $1,500 estimation.

Price Realized ($10,925)

LUE NEWKIRK MILLINER SIGN

LUE NEWKIRK MILLINER SIGN

This circa 1870 hand painted on canvas, wood framed, beautiful artistry, depicting ornate hat at center was sold in our March 2011 sale. Est. $3,500 – $4,000

Price Realized ($6,325)

CAST IRON HAND TRADE SIGN

CAST IRON HAND TRADE SIGN

This piece was large at 32 inches high, a very unusual example, from the York, PA Glove Factory used as trade sign. Sold in out March 2012 sale. Est. $800 – $1,000

Price Realized ($2,070)

CONFECTIONER & BAKERS SUPPLIES REVERSE GLASS SIGN

CONFECTIONER & BAKERS SUPPLIES REVERSE GLASS SIGN

A beautiful piece, this very attractive beveled glass sign from our May 2013 sale fully reads, Chapman & Smith Company, Confectioner and Bakers Supplies in clear lettering with ornate scrolling décor. Est. $600 – $800

Prices Realized ($2,655)

DRINK REX BITTERS SIGN

DRINK REX BITTERS SIGN

Light cardboard with beautiful nude painting reads, If you can’t do business drink Rex Bitters, cures indigestion and constipation, a hard to find Bitters bottle related items from our May 2014 sale. Est. $500 – $600

Price Realized ($3,450)

ORIGINAL SCHOENHUT COMPANY SIGN

ORIGINAL SCHOENHUT COMPANY SIGN

This sign reportedly hung on the Schoenhut company building wall and appears to be from early teen. Offered to the next bidder in our March 2012 sale. Est. $800 – $1,000

Price Realized ($2,006)

LARGE DE LAVAL TIN SIGN

LARGE DE LAVAL TIN SIGN

A popular piece for all advertising tin collectors, this tray has great graphic image at center and depicts woman and child at separator machine, from the May 2013 sale. Est. $1,400 – $1,600

Price Realized ($6,325)

LAWN MOWER REPAIR SIGN

LAWN MOWER REPAIR SIGN

From the Donal Markey sale in 2011, this early hand painted sign, made of wood was used to advertise lawn mower blade sharpening. Est. $1,200 – $1,500

Prices Realized ($9,200)

SPECTACLES & EYEGLASSES SIGN

SPECTACLES & EYEGLASSES SIGN

This fabulous wood sign was another piece of the Markey collection, painted eyeglasses with peering eyes, black background bringing out the vibrant colors, trimmed in yellow frame, a double sided sign sold for four times its estimated $1,500 – $2,500 value.

Prices Realized ($9,775)

CRUMPSALL CREAM CRACKERS TIN ADVERTISING SIGN

CRUMPSALL CREAM CRACKERS TIN ADVERTISING SIGN

From the legendary Donald Kaufman auction Part I in March 2009, this rare lithographed tin die-cut sign was a highlight for many advertising collectors. Est. $1,500 – $2,500

Prices Realized ($10,925)

CHILDS TRAMP ART CHEST

CHILDS TRAMP ART CHEST

A pristine example of a tramp art chest with intricate wood carving accents on sides and front opening drawers, extensive embellishments to this lovely piece made it a prized possession of the late Donal Markey. Est. $2,000 – $3,000

Prices Realized ($2,300)

TROMMERS EVERGREEN BREWERY BEER TRAY

TROMMERS EVERGREEN BREWERY BEER TRAY

Donald Kaufmans legendary automotive collection featured anything and everything automotive, including this beautiful Meek Co. beer tray with graphic imagery depicting people in auto and a man serving woman a glass of beer. Est. $2,000 – $3,000

Prices Realized ($3,245)

RICE'S SEEDS ADVERTISING POSTER

RICE’S SEEDS ADVERTISING POSTER

This paper poster depicts a little girl tending a farm stand by the highway, overflowing with an abundance of fresh cut flowers and baskets of vegetables at her feet, two pretty ladies in an early auto, one with purse in hand are contemplating their purchase from the Jerome B. Rice Seed Co., Cambridge, NY, sold in our May 2014 sale. Est. $1,200 – $1,400

Prices Realized ($6,325)

WOOD HANGING TRAY WITH HORSE THEME

WOOD HANGING TRAY WITH HORSE THEME

Sold in our March 2011 sale, this exceptional 1880s wood wall hanger featured an open tray with paper decorated motif. Est. $2,000 – $2,500

Prices Realized ($8,050)

CHECKERS AND PARCHESSI GAME BOARD

CHECKERS AND PARCHESSI GAME BOARD

A colorful two sided game board from the Donal Markey Collection in March 2011 far surpassed its estimation of $2,000 – $2,500