Thursday, 6 January 2011

Signs o' the times

Walking through a side street in town at the weekend I noticed an array of enamelled signs on the front of a terraced house. Its a very eye-catching collection and I like the way they're grouped together -  just how they would have originally been displayed.


I’m a great fan of vintage signs and love to come across them either in-situ on a former shop or re-attached to someone's house. 

Whilst in a local village last year I found this idyllic cottage with a single orange and green Brooke Bond tea sign fixed to its wall; you can just make out the sign in the photo. Isn't it a beautiful cottage and garden?




At present, I have two signs on the back wall of our house and a Lyons Cake sign attached to the kitchen wall that probably came from a display rack. I'm always on the look out to add to my collection, so hopefully will come across a few more this year that aren't too expensive; if I do, I'll let you know!



20 comments :

  1. Those signs look amazing on that house and the country cottage really is idylic.
    We've got a "Hippies use back door" enamel sign by our front door and a few in the kitchen waiting to be hung up. xxx

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  2. I really like these signs too but they've become pretty expensive now, haven't they? Like you, we keep looking..!
    Hen x

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  3. OOOH!!! i would love the Woodbines one! I have it on a magnet - but thats not the same.

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  4. enamel signs are so lovely shame they are so expensive :(
    cate x

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  5. Ah what a great idea! Now wishing I didnt live in a grotty flat but in a little cottage in the country somewhere! :)

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  6. Why are older signs so much better looking than present day ones, sigh! Bravo on your cottage deco.

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  7. I like places like Manchester, whether they have taken the old signs down, but the industrial soot and smoke on the building has had a stencil like effect so you can still see the outline of the old letters.

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  8. Lovely sings. The enamel ones are so much nicer aren't they,
    Julie xxxxxxx

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  9. I love those signs and that is a stunning cottage. Hester xxx

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  10. Fantastic signs, I am a sucker for those too! Thank you for your blog visit, love your green spotty background, how did you get that???

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  11. I love old enamel signs. Yours are lovely, a great combination of yellow and blue.

    Tracey

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  12. Thanks for all your great comments to kick off my first post of the year.

    P.S. BusyLizzie - I've answered your query via a comment on your recent post.

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  13. From Shirley
    Just discovered your blog - love it - I also adore knitting and love to look for vintage things to buy. Have been reading older posts and in November you showed a cable cardi knitting pattern. Would love to know where I can find the pattern. Thanks, Best wishes from Shirley

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  14. Hi Shirley, thanks for leaving your kind comment. The cable cardi is 'Design B - Smock Cardi' from the Sirdar book '341 - Eco Wool dk Book II'. Pleased to be of help :-)

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  15. Hi, Many, many thanks for giving me details of the knitting book - have already sourced it and bought it off e--y, the wool sounds wonderful and I much prefer pure wool to knit with.
    All the best from shirley

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  16. Thank you for your tip about the spotty background I will look into that! Lizzie

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  17. You've got me going now with the terraced house. I'm trying to work out where it can be - I think I know the town, but not the street.

    Do you know the collection of enamel signs above a shop in the main street in Ross on Wye?

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  18. Mr.W - I'll send you the address via a comment on your blog. No, I haven't seen the Ross collection, you'll have to point me in the right direction.

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  19. Many thanks VK, I've received that.

    The shop in Ross is in Broad Street - go down the hill from the Market building, past where Woolworth's used to be; at the bottom on the left is Gwalia Independent Store, which is festooned with signs for things such things as Fry's Chocolate and Palethorpe's Sausages.

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  20. Thanks for that, Mr.W. - I'm due for a visit to Ross soon so I'll look out for Gwalia's.

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