Early sunlight soap embossed tin advertising sign



  • £320.00
  • €358 Euro
  • $347 US Dollar

United Kingdom

Hoarde Vintage Member since 2016
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This embossed, lithographically printed tin Sunlight Soap sign is a particularly rare example of a sought after subject matter. This piece dates to the early 1900s and considering that these tin examples are far more vulnerable than their enamel counter parts it's lovely that it's survived at all. For me Sunlight's early 20th century marketing was amongst the best - a big, bold £1000 sit's above a beautifully detailed depiction of their packaging. The typography is wonderful (particularly the swirly serifs on 'Sunlight'), the writing and pictorials equally brilliant.

The sign definitely shows signs of it's age, the painted (printed) surface has faded and worn thin, particularly on the raised lettering and around the outer border. The white lettering on the packet has surface rust leeching through muting it's impact and there's a heavy scattering of surface scratches. It's a lot 'darker' than the vibrant piece it would have originally been, but it remains fully legible and in my opinion now was a wonderfully antique aesthetic and would look very at home amongst Victorian country / folk decor or as a statement piece in a more modernist setting.

The sign measures 51cm wide x 38.5cm high x 1cm deep.


  • H: 38.5cm (15.16in)
  • W: 51cm (20.08in)
  • D: 1cm (0.39in)



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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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