Mid-century sign written decorator's trade sign



  • £230.00
  • €261 Euro
  • $285 US Dollar

Margate, England

Hoarde Vintage Member since 2016
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A really charming, authentic piece; this mid-century, sign written decorator's trade sign would've been displayed by G. C. Swain & Co. of Gillingham.

Judging from the styling and the four digit telephone number, this sign probably dates to the middle of the 20th century. It's been competently but simply sign-written and uses an effective mix of typography.

It shows signs of it's age and of a life lived, there are areas of wear and of paint loss. Both the upper corners have been crudely notched - presumably to get it to fit between two posts or similar at some stage. Generally it's a charming piece that displays well.

It measures 45cm high x 69cm wide and is 3.5cm deep.


  • H: 45cm (17.72in)
  • W: 69cm (27.17in)
  • D: 3.5cm (1.38in)



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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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