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Industrial Folk Art

Industrial Style
Industrial Style

Industrial-style furniture has experienced a resurgence in popularity with the rise of interest in minimalist design.

It's a look that celebrates the past even as it suggests vigor, productivity and brawn. The newly chic industrial style of decor repurposes the simple, sturdy furnishings of an earlier world of commerce — brushed-metal storage cabinets and display shelves, task lamps and pendant lights with enameled shades, work tables with worn wooden tops and cast-iron bases — and couples them with aesthetic touches emblematic of energy and optimism, from bright upholstery fabrics to flowers.

The rise in prominence of the industrial style has come hand-in-hand with the residential repurposing of former manufacturing and warehouse districts throughout the United States, Canada and Europe. In many loft apartments created in shuttered factories, the architectural envelope has been left intact.

Industrial-style interiors feature elements like raw brick walls, exposed steel beams and oak floors whose history is written in every pit and gouge. Patina is the keynote to a decor in sync with such surroundings. On 1stDibs you will find designs that wear their age beautifully — and were built to last.

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Antique Industrial Steel Ladies Eyeglass Mold, Circa 1965
Located in Stamford, CT
Antique Industrial steel eyeglass mold from 1965. Mounted on a custom made steel stand. Can be displayed with the press plate extended or closed as shown. Untouched surface. Tremendo...
Category

1960s American Vintage Industrial Folk Art

Materials

Steel

Unusually Large Antique Industrial Copper Pot / Mlonumental Vessel
Located in Stamford, CT
Unusually large antique copper Industrial pot / vessel. The exact end use of this piece is a mystery. Probably used to pour seeds or other small solid items. Great shape. Natural unt...
Category

1880s American Antique Industrial Folk Art

Materials

Copper

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...
Category

Late 19th Century Great Britain (UK) Antique Industrial Folk Art

Thom McAn Antique Foot Rest
Located in Redding, CT
Thom McAn antique foot rest. Used in stores to tie and try on shoes. Great collector piece of Industrial Folk / Advertising Art. Says on foot rest "Thom McAn, Try my Big 4 Hosiery, t...
Category

Early 20th Century American Industrial Folk Art

Materials

Brass, Metal

Old Brooklyn Bayside Fuel Cobalt Blue Enamel Sign
Located in Garnerville, NY
A nice dose of Old Brooklyn. A large cobalt enamel on steel Bayside Fuel advertising sign. Formerly Astral Oil Works, the becoming Bayside Fuel circa 1937. The old terminal on Kent A...
Category

1940s American Vintage Industrial Folk Art

Materials

Enamel, Steel

Very Large Scissors and Needle Trade Sign, Mounted
Located in New York, NY
Brass scissors and needle trade sign with pivoting needle, 19th century. Measures: height 35”, length 28.5”, depth 10”.  
Category

Late 19th Century American Antique Industrial Folk Art

Materials

Bronze

Antique 19th Century Architectural Mold for a Ships Engine
Located in Port Jervis, NY
Antique architectural mold in the form of a wheel. All handmade and entirely intact. Can be hung on a wall or with a piece of glass on top used as a cocktail table.
Category

1890s American Antique Industrial Folk Art

Materials

Oak

Antique Primitive and Rustic Gravity Cream Separator Can in Green on Red Legs
By Sears, Roebuck & Company
Located in Topeka, KS
Incredible antique gravity cream separator. An incredible piece of Primitive and rustic vintage farm equipment. It has the most glorious patina ever. This is so cool!!! It is a fabu...
Category

Mid-20th Century American Industrial Folk Art

Materials

Steel

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 Folk Art

Materials

Iron

Unique And Early Safety Helmet
Located in Peekskill, NY
This type of head gear was used in shops to protect workers from flying particles. This hood was perfect if you worked on grinders or a wire wheel. This shop made example has a nice ...
Category

Early 20th Century Unknown Industrial Folk Art

Materials

Canvas

Industrial Folk Art Bicycle Stool
Located in Cincinnati, OH
A fun Folk Art industrial stool with painted metal base and shaft having swiveling leatherette seat and a bicycle sprocket, chain and fixed pedals as foot rests. A nice unique piece ...
Category

Late 20th Century Unknown Industrial Folk Art

Materials

Metal

Rare Early Enamel Sign Advertising Eley-Knoch Shot Gun Cartridges
Located in Chillerton, Isle of Wight
Rare early enamel sign advertising Eley-Knoch shot gun cartridges Very Rare old sign, is made in ceramic enamel it is a heavy piece with the usual rust and distress finish expect...
Category

Mid-20th Century Industrial Folk Art

Materials

Enamel

Antique LC Smith & Corona Typewriter, circa 1920s
By L.C. Smith & Corona Typewriters Inc
Located in Pasadena, TX
This is an original LC Smith & Corona Typewriter #8 10 with a 10 inch carriage and an open-frame design. The keys are nickel with white face and black numbers. Four rows of keys with...
Category

1920s American Vintage Industrial Folk Art

Materials

Nickel

Antique 19th C. French Pétanque Game Balls Collection of 8
Located in Stamford, CT
A collection of 8 antique late 19th century French Petanque balls resting on lucite bases. These balls are all steel and wood with steel nail heads. Petanque is very similar to Bocce...
Category

1890s French Antique Industrial Folk Art

Materials

Steel

Massive Antique Half Hull Ship Model
Located in Bridgeport, CT
A rare and important massive late 19th century half hull model ship of the steel screw steamers "CZAR" and CZARITZA" built by Sir W. G. Armstrong, Mitchell & Co. Builders, Newcastl...
Category

Late 19th Century Antique Industrial Folk Art

Materials

Wood

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 Folk Art

Materials

Tin

Cast Iron Vintage Door Stop Bulldog Terrier with Collar
Located in Port Jervis, NY
Fabulous vintage c1940 cast iron bulldog doorstop. Classic black & white original paint with patina. Green collar with a bell.  
Category

1940s American Vintage Industrial Folk Art

Materials

Iron

1959 Two Tone Tin Litho Oldsmobile Coupe Japan
Located in Port Jervis, NY
Beautiful orange body with a black top with all it's chrome. Interior is a plaid, very cool. Wheels all roll fine. Although it was hardly played with the friction motor in the rear d...
Category

1950s Japanese Vintage Industrial Folk Art

Materials

Metal

London Laundry Co. Industrial Trolley Cart
Located in Chillerton, Isle of Wight
London Laundry Co. Industrial trolley cart Great piece from the London Laundry Co. Clerkenwell, the cart is made in thick heavy duty parchment and has iron wheels and wooden band...
Category

Early 20th Century Industrial Folk Art

Materials

Wood

Large European 1930's Nautical Map Reader Magnifying Glass
Located in Haddonfield, NJ
This European set of two nautical magnifying glass map-readers are quite unusual and rarely found. It is fully encased in it's heavy wooden and metal enforced box. Hailing from betwe...
Category

1930s German Vintage Industrial Folk Art

Materials

Metal

Barnfind Antique Large Tadpole Rider Tricycle Pedal Car, France, 1930s
Located in Antwerp, BE
Awesome Barnfind, this large Tadpole Rider Tricycle pedal car. This antique pedal car was made in France circa 1930-1940. It's made of heavy solid metal, has a trunk which can be ope...
Category

Early 20th Century French Industrial Folk Art

Materials

Metal

Antique Art Deco Period Steel Day Bed for Convalescing Factory Workers
Located in Stamford, CT
A very unusual and rare Art Deco period antique all steel day bed. Great flowing tubular designed supports and legs. Originally made for convalescing factory workers from a factory i...
Category

1920s Unknown Vintage Industrial Folk Art

Materials

Metal

Tin Litho Windup Toy by Louis Marx "Jumpin Jeep" C 1950
Located in Port Jervis, NY
Fabulous colorful and full of unpredictable moves when fully wound. Louis Marx toy company was prolific during the mid century era producing a full array of tin windups. In excellent...
Category

1950s American Vintage Industrial Folk Art

Materials

Tin

Tin Litho Windup Toy Skier Girl by Chein C1945
Located in Port Jervis, NY
Fabulous working tin Litho toy skier by the Chein toy co. C1945. In excellent vintage condition with minimal wear.
Category

1940s American Vintage Industrial Folk Art

Materials

Tin

1950’s Double Sided Modern Cabins Neon Sign
Located in Chicago, IL
1950’s double sided Modern Cabins neon sign with enamel face. It has new transformer, new wiring and new neon.
Category

1950s North American Vintage Industrial Folk Art

Materials

Enamel, Metal

Cast Iron Hubley Scottish Terrier Door Stop
Located in Port Jervis, NY
Black and white Scottish terrier door stop by Hubley. C 1930 complete with no breaks or cracks. Has some paint loss due to age and normal use.
Category

1930s American Vintage Industrial Folk Art

Materials

Iron

Very Rare and Important 1937 Papier Mâché Masks from Snow White and the 7 Dwarfs
Located in Bridgeport, CT
A 1937 theater Land on stage revue of the new movie "Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs". Walt Disney is supposed to have helped design and consulted on the production at the time of th...
Category

Early 20th Century Industrial Folk Art

Materials

Paper

Early Danish Double Sided Neon Bakery Sign
Located in Peekskill, NY
When we first found this neon sign our restorer was excited to work on it. He believes that the sign was a handmade and one-off being produced by a skilled metal fabricator. It was m...
Category

Early 20th Century Danish Industrial Folk Art

Materials

Steel

Antique Optician's Trade Sign, Belgium, Early 20th Century
Located in Antwerp, BE
Large antique optician's trade sign. This iron wall sign dates circa 1920s and was used for 3 generations of Optic's Shop in Belgium in Charleroi. This Optometrist Sign is an eye-ca...
Category

Early 20th Century Belgian Industrial Folk Art

Materials

Iron

Wood Framed Glass Two-Sided Electric Sign, circa 1930
Located in Surrey, BC
This is a very rare one of a kind automotive collector item. Cantilevered cast iron sign for Brighton Garage. Two-sided, electrified sign with its lettering reverse-painted on glass...
Category

1930s Canadian Vintage Industrial Folk Art

Materials

Iron

1930's Neon Sign Lunches
Located in Chicago, IL
1930's Neon Sign Lunches. It has new wiring and new transformer.
Category

1930s North American Vintage Industrial Folk Art

Materials

Metal

Vintage Letter N, 1950s
Located in Mratin, CZ
This vintage letter comes from the old advertising banner. It is made from dyed concrete. It weighs 6 kg.
Category

Mid-20th Century Czech Industrial Folk Art

Materials

Concrete

Vintage Letter I, 1950s
Located in Mratin, CZ
This vintage letter I comes from the old advertising banner. It is made from dyed concrete. Weight: 2 kg.
Category

Mid-20th Century Czech Industrial Folk Art

Materials

Concrete

Vintage Enamel Letter N, 1930s
Located in Mratin, CZ
This vintage industrial enameled letter N was made during the 1930s and comes from the old advertising banner.
Category

Early 20th Century European Industrial Folk Art

Materials

Iron

Oversized Industrial Aluminum Advertising Store Display Scissors
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Midcentury, oversized, advertising, store display, painted aluminum scissors open and close as real scissors. Makes a great, rustic, folk art piece or wall art.
Category

Mid-20th Century American Industrial Folk Art

Materials

Aluminum

Mounted Turnstile “To The Fun House” from Coney Island, New York
Located in Bridgeport, CT
A rare and Historical Industrial Era Mounted Turnstile from the Fun House at Coney Island, New York, featuring original painted finishes mounted on wood plinth with label reading, “T...
Category

Early 20th Century American Industrial Folk Art

Materials

Steel

Folk Art Painting On Board "To The Fun House" from Coney Island, NY
Located in Bridgeport, CT
Early 20th Century. Original condition Folk Art painting on board "To the Fun House" from Coney Island, NY depicting a young man running in shorts and tank top on white ground and mo...
Category

Early 20th Century American Industrial Folk Art

Materials

Wood

1950’s Liquor Neon Sign
Located in Chicago, IL
1950’s single sided Liquor neon and porcelain sign. New transformer and new wiring. It does work.
Category

1950s North American Vintage Industrial Folk Art

Materials

Metal, Enamel

Cast Iron Vintage Door Stop of a Prancing Horse C1920
Located in Port Jervis, NY
Fabulous prancing horse door stop in cast iron. Great detail and patina.
Category

1920s British Vintage Industrial Folk Art

Materials

Iron

Marx Tin Litho Windup E12 Toy WW2 Tank C1950
Located in Port Jervis, NY
Fabulous tin Litho Windup Toy Tank in excellent vintage condition with minimal wear. Rubber treads are pliable, windup motor is strong with a working locking mechanism. Great graphic...
Category

1940s American Vintage Industrial Folk Art

Materials

Tin

Cast Iron Bulldog Doorstop C1948
Located in Port Jervis, NY
Pair of cast iron bulldog doorstops with old repaints. In excellent vintage condition with minimal wear, no damage or bad repairs. Chips to paint. Priced and sold individually.
Category

1940s American Vintage Industrial Folk Art

Materials

Iron

1920's Light Up Directional Service Glass Sign
Located in Chicago, IL
1920's light up Directional Service glass sign. It does work.
Category

1920s North American Vintage Industrial Folk Art

Materials

Metal

Wicksteed Fire Engine Child’s Fairground Rocker, Circa 1950
Located in Longdon, Tewkesbury
Wicksteed fire engine child’s fairground rocker Circa 1950 Magnificent mid twentieth century wicksteed fire engine child’s spring rocker, England circa 1950, the fire engine bran...
Category

1950s English Vintage Industrial Folk Art

Materials

Aluminum, Steel

Antique Industrial Steel Ring Collection on Custom Stands '10'
Located in Stamford, CT
A collection of 10 antique industrial hollow steel rings originally found in a long closed factory in Pennsylvania. Their original purpose unknown. All mounted on black painted custo...
Category

1940s American Vintage Industrial Folk Art

Materials

Metal

Antique Novelty Wire Clothing Hanger Collection '9'
Located in Stamford, CT
This is the second of two collections of 9 antique wire hangers available. These are circa 1890s-1940s. Very abstract and whimsical and easy to display. Two are signed with the store...
Category

Early 1900s American Antique Industrial Folk Art

Materials

Metal

Early JJ Newberry Dept Store 5-10 & 25 Cents Sign Gilt Reverse Glass 192
Located in Port Jervis, NY
Fabulous double sided reverse painted with gilt lettering sign from a JJ Newberry store in my hometown of Port Jervis NY. Pair of signs available which were originally mounted over t...
Category

1920s American Vintage Industrial Folk Art

Materials

Glass

Large Industrial Metal Marquee Letters YOU Set
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Set of 3, Large, industrial, painted metal, building signage, marquee letters YOU. The width of the letters Y and O is 24 inches and the letter U is 18 inches. Sold together as the w...
Category

Mid-20th Century American Industrial Folk Art

Materials

Metal

Early 20th Century Milk Glass London Street Sign
Located in Port Jervis, NY
Fabulous etched milk glass street sign from the City of Westminster, England. Original Arts & Crafts style frame in excellent vintage condition.
Category

1920s English Vintage Industrial Folk Art

Materials

Milk Glass, Oak

1940s Coney Island Amusement Park Kiddie Car Fire Engine in Original Condition
By Pinto Brothers Mfg.
Located in Savannah, GA
Produced by Pinto Bros Mfg of Coney Island, New York, this all-original 1940s firetruck was part of a circular ride at the famed Coney Island Amusement Park. Featuring lucky Number 4...
Category

1940s American Vintage Industrial Folk Art

Materials

Metal

Rare Custom Framed Collection of 56 Antique Employee Photo ID Badges 1900s-1950s
Located in Stamford, CT
A museum quality framed collection of 56 antique employee photo ID badges dating from the early 1900s-early 1950s. Great facial images covering a cross section of American labor. Sev...
Category

1930s American Vintage Industrial Folk Art

Materials

Metal

C1950 Painted Tin Drink Pepsi Cola Sign
By Stout Sign Co.
Located in Port Jervis, NY
Fabulous blast from the past, red white & blue pepsi tin bottle cap sign by the Stout sign co. St Louis Missouri. A little faded and some rust due to age and normal wear. This item c...
Category

1950s North American Vintage Industrial Folk Art

Materials

Metal

"Alliance" Helmet & Jacket Sculpture by Patrick Fitzgerald
Located in Chicago, IL
Chicago-based artist Patrick Fitzgerald uses his works as a means of resurrecting the idyllic worlds he once found in the industrial surroundings of his youth. Raised in Grand Rapids...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary American Industrial Folk Art

Materials

Paper

"W.A. Jones" Helmet & Jacket Sculpture by Patrick Fitzgerald
Located in Chicago, IL
Chicago-based artist Patrick Fitzgerald uses his works as a means of resurrecting the idyllic worlds he once found in the Industrial surroundings of his youth. Raised in Grand Rapids...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary American Industrial Folk Art

Materials

Paper

Charming Advertising Sign, Re Lion Oxo for Winter Health
Located in Chillerton, Isle of Wight
A charming advertising sign, Re Lion Oxo for Winter Health This is delightful piece showing a very fierce lion (Re-Lion) the sign is an original grocer shop print, the frame is no...
Category

Early 20th Century English Industrial Folk Art

Vintage English Nautical Binnacle in Tall Copper/ Brass and Mahogany Housing, Ty
Located in Bridgeport, CT
Made by John Lilley & Gillie Ltd., England. A standard binnacle form in copper/brass housing with arms set with red and taupe painted iron Kelvin's balls (the taupe one with open hol...
Category

Early 20th Century English Industrial Folk Art

Materials

Brass, Copper

Oversized Bonze Advertising Store Display Scissors
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Midcentury, oversized, advertising, store display, bronze scissors open and close as real scissors. Makes a great, rustic, folk art piece or wall art.
Category

Mid-20th Century American Industrial Folk Art

Materials

Bronze

Early 20th C Coca Cola Bottling Company Sign
Located in Charleston, SC
This sign originally hung on a Coca Cola Bottling Company building in Longview, Texas. It was made in the first half of the 20th century, circa 1910. This sign contains seven differe...
Category

Early 20th Century American Industrial Folk Art

Materials

Metal

Reverse Painted Glass Sign 1920s Illuminated Star Masonic Temple Eastern Star
Located in Camden, ME
Illuminated tin sign with a reverse painting on glass star for the Eastern Star of the Masonic Temple from the 1920s.. The sign is shown mounted on its original metal pipe tripod tha...
Category

1920s American Vintage Industrial Folk Art

Materials

Tin