Martini Enamel Advertising Thermometer / Sign


United Kingdom

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This Martini enamel thermometer is a lovely and increasingly scarce example of Martini's mid-century marketing. The 'bar and ball' logo was first registered in 1929, and from then the company worked at making themselves a recognised household name. By the 1950s enamel was loosing favour to cheaper, paint-on-metal signage, however being a 'premium' brand Martini continued to use the better quality, longer lasting enamel.

This particular piece is French and was produced in Paris in 1958. It's original thermometer tube survives in working order and the piece remains bright and vibrant, though there are some signs of corrosion around the outer edges, some rust bleeding into the enamel across the lower third of the piece and some corrosion/enamel loss to the protective enamelled cover at the base of the thermometer tube. Despite this, the piece has real impact; with Martini's iconic logo at the top and bottom edges, a small + subtle 'en vents ici' (on sale here) is written along the lower edge and the temperature markers have a pleasingly bold design.

A lovely, usable piece of mid-century advertising, this thermometer is ready to hang using it's original mounting tabs. It measures 96cm high x 30cm wide x 1.5cm deep.


  • H: 96cm (37.80in)
  • W: 30cm (11.81in)
  • D: 1.5cm (0.59in)



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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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