Perfection Cooling Room" reverse painting on beveled glass, framed 15" x 21" advertising sign from Bromann Bros., Chicago, Illinois (est. 1869). This glass sign with beveled edges has reverse painting that includes silver flaked gilding within the lettering. The glass sign is framed in an old pine frame with pre-drilled holes on the sides for mounting. The glass has some light wear and spotting mainly around the mirrored border but remains in beautiful condition especially for a reverse glass painted sign that is over 100 years old. This stunningly beautiful sign is very rare.
Circa: Late 1800's, dimensions framed 15" x 21", unframed 12" x 18"
Heinrich Bromann immigrated from Bavaria, Germany in 1869. As a cabinet-maker by trade, be began to successfully work here in the United States. In 1871 his wife and 3 sons joined him and by 1886 he and his sons were producing display cabinets for neighborhood stores out in their shop at 857 Fulton Street in Chicago. In 1887 Heinrich passed away and his 3 sons continued the business.
Bromann Brothers ended up making a name for themselves creating cooling rooms for local butchers and meat distributors. The cooling rooms were rooms lined with insulated oak panels and trimmed with mirrors and marble. Any butcher who could afford it proudly displayed their “Bromann Brothers Perfection Cooling Room signs attached to the wall for their consumers to see (see last photo). In the 1930s the Bromann's started making refrigerated cabinets which were patented under their name. In the 40s and 50s, the company returned back to their cabinetry roots and finally closed their doors in 1976.
Circa: Late 1800's "Perfection Cooling Room" Reverse Painting on Beveled Glass, Framed Advertising Sign