A pot-bellied (convex) lyons' tea enamel sign



  • £395.00
  • €458 Euro
  • $484 US Dollar

Margate, England

Hoarde Vintage Member since 2016
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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 pot-bellied (convex) "Lyons' Tea" enamel sign. Unusually this example is larger than the standard format, has a darker blue background and doesn't have the 'Sold Here' strapline normally found. This is a nice, early sign - likely to date to the 1930s/'40s. Signs in this form are fairly scarce and this is a good example of it's type. With the middle of the sign pushed forward, examples often have heavy damage along the face, has survived with minimal losses. There are a few scuffs / scratches along with a few patches of loss, mainly around the outer edges. The upper right corner has a little corrosion but all of the original mounting holes are present and functional.

It measures 89cm wide x 56cm high.


  • H: 56cm (22.05in)
  • W: 89cm (35.04in)
  • D: 3cm (1.18in)



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Margate, England

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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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