Lovely, early Stephens' Inks Enamel Sign



  • £460.00
  • €499 Euro
  • $560 US Dollar

United Kingdom

Hoarde Vintage Member since 2016
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In 1832 Dr. Henry Stephens invented an indelible 'blue-black writing fluid'... This resulted in the foundation of Stephens' Inks; a worldwide company that enjoyed over 150 years of success.

Advertising for this brand has developed a very strong following. This mid-sized, enamel example is particularly charming and has weathered beautifully. It was produced by Jordan Bilston in March 1940 and features the iconic 'ink splat' logo.

Condition is generally good; there are a couple of areas of enamel loss, mainly towards the lower, outer edges and the enamel has lost it's sheen developing a warm yellowing to the once bright white background - in my opinion this is an excellent example of where the piece is improved through ageing.

The sign measures 76cm high and 50.5cm wide. It retains it's original mounting holes and sits good and straight for easy hanging.


  • H: 76cm (29.92in)
  • W: 50.5cm (19.88in)
  • D: 0.15cm (0.06in)



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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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