I have these two wonderful old signs to show you ...
They come from a tailor's shop, and would probably have been displayed on the counter to advertise the services they could offer.
They convey an image of a classic old-school gentlemen's outfitters, with carefully labelled drawers full of accoutrements and reams of pin-striped cloth!
Date-wise, I'm thinking Victorian, late 19th Century.
The decorative style and typography just screams it at you.
On the back, they both have a stamp mark of who printed them.
James Daniel & Son from Aberdeen in Scotland.
Starting out as James Daniel & Co., the printer had been trading from 46 to 48 Castle Street since at least the 1850s. So that easily ties in with my 1890s theory.
They would be great for any collector of Victoriana, a Steampunk fan or would even suit a hipster, as a stylish addition to their Shoreditch pied-à-terre!!
If you think they measure up to your tastes, then come along to the EXETER MATFORD ANTIQUES & COLLECTORS FAIR this Saturday, as they will be on display at my stall there!!