Here we have a nearly full-sized trade sign of a tailor, seated in a chair and holding his primary tool, a pair of shears. The image is painted on a cut-out board made up of four hardwood planks glued together. The tailor is finely dressed in a blue suit with wide lapels and a gold waistcoat over a white shirt. He is also wearing a black ascot, or tie, with a single floral design which may be a pin.
The surface looks original with some minor paint loss consistent with age. There are two age splits - one from the top down through his head and upper torso and the second up from the bottom through his left leg. These are not functional as two horizontal battens on the back secure the sign. Two large hooks were added to the upper batten to facilitate display. There is evidence at the bottom of the sign that it was fastened to something, perhaps a wall or a second part of the sign with the particulars about the tailor shop.
We love early trade signs and this one reminds us of the "dummy boards" fashionable in the 18th and 19th Centuries.
The sign measures 38 1/2" tall by 22 1/4" wide.
Item ID: FR0375
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