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Art Deco Box Neon Sign, "PRECRIPTIONS'' Red Neon Drug Store Sign
Located in Buffalo, NY
Art Deco box neon sign, "PRECRIPTIONS'' red neon drug store sign, Amazing vintage neon, Classic font, Retains original red neon, original deco can, chrome speed lines, also retains o...
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1930s Art Deco Vintage Signs

Materials

Chrome, Metal

Early 20th C. Church Bulletin Board with WW2 Photos, c.1940
Located in San Francisco, CA
About An exterior wooden church bulletin board with glass door and original WW11 black and white photos.  Creator unknown. Date of manufacture c.1940. Materials and technique...
Category

Early 20th Century Rustic Signs

Materials

Wood, Glass, Paper

Early 20th Century French Double Sided Enameled Little Apartments for Rent Sign
Located in Fayetteville, AR
This early 20th century French blue and white enameled bombe sign is double sided. Written on the face of each side and surrounded by a fine border is "Petits Appartements a Louer" o...
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Early 20th Century French Signs

Materials

Metal

19th Century American Trade Sign 'Crook', Medina, NY
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
19th century American trade sign 'Crook', Medina, NY Craftsman made, with sand-painted back ground with 10" x 12" giltwood letters spelling 'Crook' Inscribed on back " (obliterated...
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19th Century American Folk Art Antique Signs

Materials

Wood, Giltwood

Tin Singer Sign with Tailor and Singer Sewing Machine, 1930s
Located in Antwerp, BE
1930s Tin Advertising Sign for Singer Sewing Machines. This Advertising Display Sign has a design of a tailor behind his Singer Sewing Machine , making a Men's Suit. This Sign is...
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Mid-20th Century Belgian Art Deco Signs

Materials

Tin

Large Pacific Coast Scenic Highway Sign
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Large vintage Pacific Coast Highway sign reading "Pacific Coast Scenic Byway." Green sign that features birds, water, snow-capped mountains, Evergreen trees, and a sprawling highway....
Category

1970s American Vintage Signs

Materials

Steel

Early 20th Century American Enameled Double-Sided Cafe Sign
Located in Chicago, IL
The best American early 20th century double-sided enameled light-up 'Cafe' sign with white letters on a blue background and white floral border. Stamped "Federal Electric Co., Chicag...
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Early 20th Century American Signs

Materials

Metal

Collection of Three A&W Drive-In Rootbeer Burger Signs
Located in Santa Monica, CA
In 1963, A&W introduce four choices of hamburgers and their corresponding burger family members. Papa Burger, Mama Burger, Teen Burger and Baby Burger. Each burger wrapper had a wrap...
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1960s American Folk Art Vintage Signs

Materials

Sheet Metal

Giant Double Sided Wood Peach Trade Sign from California Farm
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Great wooden trade sign from a California farm. Giant peach with graphics on both sides. Sign reads 'Hamilton's Tree Ripened Peaches 1/2 Mile' on one side, and 'Remember Hamiltons On...
Category

1980s American Vintage Signs

Materials

Wood

Vintage "Lowest Prices" Grocery Market Trade Sign
Located in Santa Monica, CA
Great kitchen conversation piece. Grocery store in market advertising trade sign, circa 1950s. Simple and too the point. Looks to be painted by the hand of a skilled sign painter.
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1950s American Folk Art Vintage Signs

Materials

Wood

Drink Coca Cola 1960's ***Three Color Neon Sign
Located in Ottawa, Ontario
A great Drink Coca Cola 1960's three color neon sign, done in white, red and green Neon. The neon sign has been professionally restored, new ballast, and recharged neon gas. The sign...
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Mid-20th Century American Industrial Signs

Materials

Metal

Mid-19th Century Italian Funerary Sign with Stylized Skull
Located in Pasadena, CA
A vintage funerary sign with skull motif and marbleized background in yellow and green tones. Framed panel of painted wood.
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19th Century Italian Folk Art Antique Signs

Materials

Wood

Gilt Verre Églomisé, Cheap Funerals Trade Shop Sign Oliver Twist
Located in Lowestoft, GB
A rather tongue-in-cheek reverse painting and gilt doubled sided trade sign, reading "CHEAP FUNERALS" flippant to say the least. The sign shows signs of age related wear, as you w...
Category

Early 20th Century English Signs

Materials

Wrought Iron

Wells-Wood Golf Club Sign
Located in Aurora, OR
The wells-wood golf club was built in the town of Wells River, Vermont, circa 1920. The 9-hole course was "sporty" and well received, but short-lived; the links closed in 1946. This ...
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Early 20th Century American Other Signs

Materials

Wood

Hawaii "Volcanic Activity" Vintage Road Sign
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Authentic road sign from Hawaii Route 19. Part of the Mamalahoa Highway on the big island of Hawaii. New old stock, never used. Cool piece of Hawaiiana.
Category

Early 2000s American Signs

Materials

Steel

1930s Harvard University Cloth Banner
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Unique Harvard University school banner from the 1930s. Great piece of Americana. Original red and white coloring with great patina. Hand stitched. Newly framed and mounted on linen ...
Category

1930s American Vintage Signs

Materials

Fabric

19th Century Blue Glass Tram Window Advertisement
Located in Chillerton, Isle of Wight
19th century blue glass tram window advertisement A rare find, these advertisements were once so common in the tram windows and tram shelters but few have survived probably becau...
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Late 19th Century Great Britain (UK) Industrial Antique Signs

Incredible Carving of the Standing Ram Golden Fleece
Located in Nantucket, MA
Intricately carved and gilded with an iron hook and chain. This sculpture is a copy of a traditional trade sign of a London woolen draper’s shop. The trade sign was an accessible m...
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Mid-20th Century American Folk Art Signs

Materials

Gold Leaf

Tampa Nugget Cigar Sign
Located in New York, NY
A striking Tampa Nugget painted metal cigar sign with the simple slogan "A Good Cigar." This is a two sided flange sign with the same graphic on each side. Some paint loss. TN144
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1960s American Vintage Signs

Vintage Oversized "Time is of the Essence" Clock-shaped Clockmaker Metal Sign
Located in Palm Desert, CA
An oversized "Time is of the Essence" clockmaker distressed metal and glass sign from the mid-20th century with inscriptions. Shaped as a massive clock, the round dial featuring Roma...
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20th Century Signs

Double Sided Diner Sign
Located in Aurora, OR
This double-sided beauty has a menu with pricing, circa 1930s. The hand painted lettering has tons of character and has plenty of heft in the steel panel construction. The hand paint...
Category

1930s American Rustic Vintage Signs

Materials

Steel

Vintage Sign Creme Tosca 4711, Eau de Cologne Beauty Product
Located in Antwerp, BE
Vintage sign for Creme Tosca 4711, an Eau de Cologne beauty product. Beautiful design: a stylish lady with make-up, red lipstick and nice hairstyle. Wearing a stylish open-shoulder...
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Mid-20th Century European Art Deco Signs

Materials

Other

Hand Painted Sign, America, circa 1920
Located in Culver City, CA
Hand painted sign, America, circa 1920. “Absolutely No Reductions Will Be Made.” Weathered hand painted sign on masonite wood.
Category

1920s American Vintage Signs

Materials

Masonite

Imperial Tea Co. Sign
Located in Aurora, OR
The Imperial Tea Company was founded in the late 19th century in Cincinnati, OH and at one time managed by the founder of the Kroger grocery Empire, Barney Kroger. This early 20th ce...
Category

Early 20th Century Signs

Materials

Paint, Wood

Art Nouveau Letter Holder for Chocolat Confectionery Senez-Sturbelle, Belgium
Located in Antwerp, BE
Antique advertising letter holder made for the Chocolatier - Confectionery brand Senez-Sturbelle, Belgium, Brussels. This Art Nouveau tin letter holder dates from the period 1892-191...
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Late 19th Century Belgian Art Nouveau Antique Signs

Materials

Metal

1961 Tin Advertising Sign MARTINI BLANC , Apéritif Beverage
Located in Antwerp, BE
Vintage " MARTINI BLANC " or WHITE MARTINI Metal Advertising Sign. This Tin Sign has a gold colored metal frame, is mounted on Cardboard and dates from 1961. This Sign for the fa...
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Mid-20th Century Belgian Mid-Century Modern Signs

Materials

Tin

French La Belle Époque Lighted Bistro Cafe Sign
Located in Rio Vista, CA
Fantastic double sided bistro cafe metal sign from France's La Belle Époque period. Features a lacquer finish with pierced letters reading "Montre Ponctua" or a promise to be on time...
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19th Century French Belle Époque Antique Signs

Materials

Metal

Vintage French Christian Dior Advertising Statue, 1960s
Located in Ottenburg, BE
Beautiful and intriguing advertising statue for Christian Dior. This would have been used on a shop counter or to draw attention in a shop window. It has some minor user traces...
Category

1960s French Art Deco Vintage Signs

Materials

Plaster

Vintage 32-Sided Medical Light
Located in Sag Harbor, NY
Fully functional light, medical. One side has an arrow and the other does not. This light if fully functional and quite unique. Heavy industrial cord with a metal frame and box.
Category

Mid-20th Century American Signs

Late 19th Century French Cafe de la Mairie Sign
Located in Pease pottage, West Sussex
Original double sided heavy gauge sheet metal sign with original fixing points. Cafe de la Mairie. Similar condition and fading to both sides. France Circa 1880.    
Category

Late 19th Century French Antique Signs

Materials

Iron

Walk, Don't Walk Traffic Light
Located in Paris, FR
Traffic light Walk - Don't Walk, from New-York, pedestrian traffic light in forged iron, yellow painted. With green and red light system in perfect condition.
Category

21st Century and Contemporary American Signs

Materials

Iron

Giant Pestle and Mortar Pharmacy/Drug Shop Trade Sign
Located in Chillerton, Isle of Wight
Giant pestle and mortar pharmacy/drug shop trade sign A very rare piece, Wonderful early 20th century pharmacy or chemist trade sign in the form of a pestle and mortar, made in gi...
Category

Early 20th Century Industrial Signs

Materials

Tin

Hand Carved Wood "Deposit Trash Here" Sign c.1940
Located in San Francisco, CA
About This is an original hand craved and hand painted wooden "Deposit Trash Here" sign. Creator: Unknown. Date of manufacture: c.1940. Materials and techniques: Wood, paint....
Category

Early 20th Century Rustic Signs

Materials

Wood

Rare Glass Pedestrian Sign
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Fantastic glass pedestrian street crossing sign. Great coloring. Excellent condition. Illuminates beautifully in sunlight.
Category

1950s American Vintage Signs

19th Century French Brown Boot Maker Store Sign, Antique Parisian Wall Decor
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
An antique French exterior sign of a Parisian boot maker in painted metal of beige and brown color with a spur painted in a silver color mounted on a wrought iron support, in good co...
Category

19th Century French Belle Époque Antique Signs

Materials

Metal, Wrought Iron

Elephant Rocking Chair for German Shoes Brand Elefanten Schuhe, Wood, 1960s
Located in Antwerp, BE
Nostalgic elephant rocking chair for the german shoes brand Elefanten Schuhe. This Advertising Display - Advertising Object was used to place the kids on while fitting shoes. It'...
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Mid-20th Century German Mid-Century Modern Signs

Materials

Chrome

Vintage California Historical Landmark Sign
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Interesting vintage California highway sign for Adobe Rios-Caledonia. This is a California historical landmark and on the National Register of Historic Places. It is an adobe dwellin...
Category

1970s American Vintage Signs

Materials

Steel

3 Foot Long Original Hollywood Blvd Street Sign
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Very cool street sign from the city of Los Angeles. Hollywood blvd sign with white lettering on blue background. Extremely good condition. Marked city of Los Angeles on the front. ...
Category

1990s American Signs

Materials

Steel

Large Wm. Youngers Ales Stained Glass Pub Sign from Scotland
Located in Austin, TX
A large rectangular Scottish pub sign panel advertising Wm. Youngers Ales - a famed brewery with roots in Edinburgh. Featuring a wood frame with colored stained glass panels with a ...
Category

Early 20th Century Scottish Signs

Materials

Lead, Metal

Los Angeles Slippery Road Highway Sign
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Vintage plastic road sign from Los Angeles. Slippery road ahead. Large in scale. Yellow background with black graphics. Cool piece of wall art.
Category

1970s American Vintage Signs

Materials

Plastic

Antique 1920's Hand Painted Gold Leaf and Smalt " No Parking, Police Sign
Located in Buffalo, NY
Antique 1920's hand painted gold leaf and Smalt Sign " Private Property, No Parking. order of Police Dept. Beautiful paint .patina finish, The practice of combining gold leaf let...
Category

1920s American Art Deco Vintage Signs

Materials

Wood

Iron EXPO Sign, 1950s, Belgium
Located in Antwerp, BE
Iron EXPO sign, 1950s, Belgium awesome vintage EXPO - Sign from the 1950s. This late Art Deco sign is made of solid metal. Comes from a former exposition building in Ieper Belgium,...
Category

Mid-20th Century Belgian Industrial Signs

Materials

Iron

Same Day Service Neon Sign
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Whimsical Lucite and neon sign. "SAME DAY SERVICE" likely from a dry-cleaner. Original, outdoor transformer. Glass in excellent condition. Perfectly functional for indoor or outdoor ...
Category

1990s North American Signs

Materials

Glass, Lucite

Late 19th Century American Odd Fellows Lodge Over-Door Arch
Located in Wiscasset, ME
Wood with original paint featuring the all seeing eye and F L T friendship, love, truth in the chain. Dates to the late 19th century and is a fantastic size at 19" x 67" with a great...
Category

19th Century North American Folk Art Antique Signs

Materials

Wood, Paint

Old Advertising Sign with Calendar for French Wine
Located in Antwerp, BE
Old advertising sign with calendar for French Wine. This French advertising or publicity sign was designed for the wine estate or castle "Château de Corton Pierre André", which was...
Category

Mid-20th Century French Signs

Materials

Other

Advertising Sign for an Optician, from 1920s
Located in Vienna, Austria
Hand painted metal advertising sign for an optician. The shield was attached to the facade on an optician shop and is painted with the same motive on both sides. Signed from the si...
Category

1920s Czech Modern Vintage Signs

Materials

Metal

1920s Van Melle's Toffees Tin - Antique Candy Box Holland - Dutch Windmill
Located in Antwerp, BE
Exceptional large lithographic Candy Tin - Toffee Tin - Candy Box for Van Melle's Toffees Holland. This 1920s Antique Tin made by Wed. J. Bekkers and Son - Holland was made in the...
Category

Early 20th Century Dutch Art Nouveau Signs

Materials

Tin

American Folk Art Tool Museum Sign 1950 Tool Assemblage
Located in Santa Monica, CA
Wentworth Tool Museum sign assembled with scrap tools and hardware. Assemblage include many wrenches, drill bits, saws and scissors. Heavy iron construction. Great piece of American ...
Category

Mid-20th Century American Folk Art Signs

Materials

Iron

Big Coffee Grinder for a Coffee Roasting Desk, Philadelphia, 1880
Located in Milan, IT
Big coffee grinder for a coffee roasting desk. Made out of painted cast iron and wood, with two big wheels for left and right-handed. Philadelphia, United States of America, 1880 ca....
Category

1880s American Antique Signs

Materials

Brass, Iron

French Metal Coiffeur Sign
Located in Seattle, WA
Simple, interesting French hairdressing sign.
Category

1940s French Vintage Signs

Materials

Metal

Mid Century Beach-Side Hamburger Shack Menu Board
Located in Nantucket, MA
Vintage mid century beach-side hamburger shack menu board, circa 1950s, hand painted on plywood advertising hot dogs and hamburgers and the usual suspects... plus sunglasses. And Bat...
Category

1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Signs

Materials

Plywood

Antique Metal Ice Cream Soda Sign, Untouched Surface, circa 1960s
Located in Stamford, CT
Antique metal ice cream soda sign. Untouched surface. Measures 26” x 19.5 x 1/4”.  H
Category

20th Century Folk Art Signs

Materials

Metal

1920s Large Porcelain Sign Mauxion Chocolat, Germany
Located in Antwerp, BE
1920s Antique porcelain sign for Mauxion Chocolat Products. This spectacular enamel sign was designed by Wilhelm Defke for the German company Mauxion which was founded in 1855 in...
Category

Early 20th Century German Art Deco Signs

Materials

Metal

Robot Neon
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Life is not a malfunction. Collaborative original artwork by neon artist Tory DiPietro and street artist Jules Muck. Depicting the 1990s nostalgic robot from the movie Short Circuit ...
Category

2010s American Signs

Materials

Blown Glass, Wood

Vintage Men Working Sign
Located in Houston, TX
Fabulous find for a New York lover! Vintage "Men Working" folding sign. This sign has the original paint in vibrant red and white. This sign is double sided and stenciled on both sid...
Category

Late 20th Century American Signs

Materials

Wood

Important Folk Art Trade Sign
Located in Bridgeport, CT
A mid 19th Century folk art trade sign of demilune form, depicting a Native American chief holding a peace pipe and tomahawk wearing a headdress of white and red feathers, wearing a ...
Category

19th Century American Folk Art Antique Signs

Materials

Wood

Large Pitch Pine Art Nouveau Blackboard Chalkboard, 1900s
Located in Amsterdam, NL
Magnificent and rare Art Nouveau blackboard chalkboard. Striking Dutch design from the 1900s. Solid pitch pine frame with double sided blackboard chalkboard. This decorative piece...
Category

Early 1900s Dutch Art Nouveau Antique Signs

Materials

Pine

Vintage Exmouth Arms Original English Pub Sign
Located in Chicago, IL
Exmouth Arms vintage, hand-painted steel double-sided English tavern sign purchased in the town of Leek, from our favorite dealer. All original with no restoration.
Category

1950s British Vintage Signs

Materials

Steel

Antique, New and Vintage Signs

Vintage and antique signs are popular collector’s items loved not only for the charm and pops of color they add to a space but also for the unique story each one has to tell. An interesting sign can help set the mood for a room and spark dozens of lively conversations.

Before and during the 18th century, many European peasants and colonists in the Americas couldn’t read, so shopkeepers, in an effort to promote their goods and services, hung trade signs with limited amounts of text.

Indeed, symbols and representational physical objects comprised early-day advertising efforts. In lieu of painted words on a wooden board, trade signs made use of handmade three-dimensional symbols to indicate the function of the shop. The iconic red, white and blue pole could be found outside barbershops, while a figural trade sign mounted to an apothecary’s storefront might be a mortar and pestle sculpted from bronze in order to indicate to passers-by that inside there were apothecary cabinets full of remedies for common ailments and a druggist to carefully dispense them.

As literacy rates improved, signs evolved into rectangular, round or square shapes that featured text. Short and sweet, early iterations were characterized by a mere few words, such as “tavern,” “boarding room” or “apothecary.”

During the 19th century, proprietors endeavored to render their signs more appealing. This meant the introduction of more color, font types and other pictorial representations. After the Civil War ended, logos, branding and advertising became increasingly more important, and the design of signage evolved. Trade signs were still in use during the 20th century, and you will likely find hand-painted tin eyeglasses for an optometrist’s office or an oversize bowling pin that likely had a home in the front window of a bowling alley.

Today, collectors and art aficionados alike collect and display antique and vintage signs. Old signs hearken back to a long-gone era, infusing any interior with warmth and nostalgia.

A vintage sign can help anchor a room — think of decorating with signs as you would arranging any kind of wall art. A large-scale sign in particular can prove a distinguishing feature in a living room or dining room, a focal point so prominent that it might lessen the burden of introducing any additional decorative elements to this particular space. Smaller signs work wonders too — pepper sparsely decorated corners with small colorful signs or add a humorous or graphic element to your gallery-style hang with a small text-based sign or two.

On 1stDibs, find metal, wood and glass antique and vintage signs that span a number of styles, including mid-century modern, industrial and folk art.