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Trade sign

Object Number: 
2002.1.2204
Date: 
1880-1910
Medium: 
Metal, wood, paper, cotton
Dimensions: 
47 x 23 1/2 x 3/4 in.
Description: 
A cardboard sign with a black wood frame that advertises nails and tacks. No manufacturer is evident on the display but different size and gauge metal nails and tacks are stitched with cotton thread onto the white cardboard and grouped by function such as "Shoe Tacks", "Carpet Tacks", "Round Head Copper Tacks", "Coffin, Lining and Saddle Nails", "Brass Shoe Nails", "Hoe Nails", "Finishing Nails", "Brads", and "Clout Nails". 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-26.
Credit Line: 
Gift of Bella C. Landauer
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group