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Trade sign

Trade sign
Title
Trade sign
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
Object Number 
2002.1.2204
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group