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A large, vibrant lyons' cakes enamel sign

S/N:0130

1940s

  • £265.00
  • €293 Euro
  • $356 US Dollar

United Kingdom

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J. Lyons & Co. were best known for their chain of tea shops which opened from 1894 and finally closed in 1981, and for the Lyons Corner Houses in the West End of London. From the 1930s Lyons began to develop a pioneering range of teas, coffees, cocoas, biscuits and cakes that were sold in grocery stores across the world.

Here we have a large (1m wide), vibrant example of a Lyons' Cakes enamel sign. The bold, blue lettering contrasts nicely against the yellow background and the piece is framed with a very graphic, somewhat art deco design.

The sign probably dates from the 1940s. It's surface gloss has mottled (see the third photo along) which has caused some discolouration too, but it does remain vibrant and still has a reasonable sheen. There are patches of enamel loss scattered across the sign, though it remains legible. The upper middle and right mounting holes have broken through but it can be hung securely using the surviving holes.

Measuring in at 99cm wide x 75cm high it makes for a fantastic wall filler and is a real statement piece in any vintage themed kitchen / cafe etc.

Dimensions: 

  • H: 75cm (29.53in)
  • W: 99cm (38.98in)
  • D: 0.2cm (0.08in)

Period: 

1940s

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I’m Louis Walpole. Over a decade of working for and alongside some of the best antique dealers in the country at London’s renowned Portobello Road have helped me to form a detailed understanding of, and appreciation for, a diverse array of antiques. In 2016, after ‘dabbling’ in the trade since childhood I decided to follow my heart and (ignoring a myriad of people advising against it) leave my salaried job to trade full time. Since then I have travelled around England and Western Europe collecting the pieces that particularly interest me. These pieces loosely follow the themes of; automotive, advertising, scientific and industrial. I have a select number of items on display in Atlam on Portobello Road. The shop is open Monday to Friday from 10am to 4pm and on Saturdays from 8am to 5pm.

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