AN ILLUMINATED GILT-ZINC, IRON AND EGLOMISE OPTICIAN'S TRADE SIGN
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AN ILLUMINATED GILT-ZINC, IRON AND EGLOMISE OPTICIAN'S TRADE SIGN

POSSIBLY E.G. WASHBURNE, NEW YORK, CIRCA 1915

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AN ILLUMINATED GILT-ZINC, IRON AND EGLOMISE OPTICIAN'S TRADE SIGN
POSSIBLY E.G. WASHBURNE, NEW YORK, CIRCA 1915
26 in. high, 54 in. wide, 4 in. deep
Provenance
Alan Katz, Woodbridge, Connecticut
Private Collection, Pacific Northwest
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Lot Essay

A pair of spectacles with arched nose piece, reverse painted glass blue eyes and frames highlighted by twenty-seven working electric bulbs, the present lot would have hung outside an optician's shop, perpendicular to the sidewalk and visible to passerbys from either direction. One of only a handful of electrified examples of this form known to exist, this lot is part of a long American tradition of trade signs in the form of oversized replicas of an actual object symbolizing goods or services offered by a proprietor.

For other examples of optician's trade signs, see Cecil A. Meadows, Trade Signs and Their Origins (London, 1957) and David Park Curry et al, An American Sampler: Folk Art from the Shelburne Museum (Washington, 1987), pp. 62-63, cat. no. 9.

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