Vintage W. H. Smith enamel sign


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  • £1,200.00
  • €1,399 Euro
  • $1,588 US Dollar

United Kingdom

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Vintage W. H. Smith enamel sign

An original Edwardian vitreous enamelled steel shop sign produced by the Patent Enamel Company Ltd. in Birmingham, for the stationer and newsagent W. H. Smith & Sons. There were many variations on this particular 'newsboy' sign created over the years - this one is one of the rarer, early versions, designed for the company by artist Septimus Scott in 1905. This was the year that Smith's opened their first 150 retail shops, having previously only been present as bookstalls on railway platforms.

These signs were always mounted in frames and suspended from iron brackets over the shop fronts, so that they were easily spotted by the public as they came down the high street. We have had this example framed for ease of wall hanging.

There is some corrosion and metalwork loss, but overall in good condition for it's age, and is still makes for a highly striking sign.


  • H: 69cm (27.17in)
  • W: 45cm (17.72in)



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Marc has been successfully dealing in decorative antiques for over 15 years, fuelled by his lifelong passion for artefacts of the past. His workshop, a converted Methodist Sunday School, is located on the edge of Bodmin Moor, Cornwall.

He successfully mixes styles and periods to create his own unique collection of ‘delightful objects’. Good design, craftsmanship, colour and an age-worn patina all play their part in his discerning approach to buying. His selection of stock is often based on its aesthetic appeal rather than its age, and he loves to find items that have a story to tell.

Visits to Marc’s workshop and stores can be arranged by appointment.

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