Trade sign

Object Number: 
2002.1.2174
Date: 
1880-1910
Medium: 
Metal, wood, paper, cotton
Dimensions: 
27 1/8 x 27 3/4 x 5/8 in.
Description: 
A cardboard sign with a black wood frame that advertises nails and tacks. Different size and gauge metal nails and tacks are stitched with cotton thread onto the black cardboard background to spell out "Tacks, Shoe Nails &c./ Manufactured by / Dunbar, Hobart & Whidden/ Abington, Mass./ Established 1810 by/ Benjamin Hobart". The tacks, now dark gray or black with age and oxidation, were once bright silver, presenting a clearer and more impressive sign than is evident by the current appearance. Formerly F-14.
Credit Line: 
Gift of Bella C. Landauer
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group