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Maximum price: £12,700

Average price: £362

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Patented in England in the 1870s, the process of fusing coloured glass to iron sheets, known as vitreous enamelling, was adopted for the production of colourful advertising enamel signs.

Applied to virtually any product from foodstuff, newspapers, tobacco, bicycles and motor cars as well as information signs along with many other applications.

In the early part of the 20th century almost every retail outlet in the UK , from small corner shops to large stores, would have had a colourful display of attractive advertising signs on its external walls and often inside.

Literacy was low at the time and products proclaiming their benefits  would be accompanied by vivid and imaginative depictions of the packaging.

Large enamelling companies sprung up around the country, the very first being the Chromographic Works, Wolverhampton and the Patent Enamel Company in Selly Oak. Now extremely collectable, the pictorial type are the most sought after and condition reflects price.

Well known brands include: Chocolate makers Cadbury's and Fry's; Hudsons Soap; Spratts Pet Food; Rowntrees and Van Houtens Cocoa; Raleigh and BSA Bicycles; various Motor Oils - in fact the list is endless but outside of the well known brands are very special 'one offs' that can command significant prices.

494 Enamel Advertising Sign. Nectar Tea. Good Condition. Enamel Advertising Sign. Nectar Tea. Good Condition. Auction: April 2019 Sold for: £120
472 A Reproduction Enamel Advertising Sign. Sunlight Soap. A Reproduction Enamel Advertising Sign. Sunlight Soap. Auction: April 2019 Sold for: £10
147 Enamel Morris Advertising Sign In Very Good Condition. Enamel Morris Advertising Sign In Very Good Condition. Auction: April 2019 Sold for: £130
140 Enamel Ovaltine Advertising Sign. Good Condition. Enamel Ovaltine Advertising Sign. Good Condition. Auction: April 2019 Sold for: £240
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