Reverse Painted "Tripe Dresser" Trade Sign


United Kingdom

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Reverse Painted "Tripe Dresser" Trade Sign

A reverse pained (verre églomisé) trade sign with an unusual subject matter, tripe dresser.

The task of dressing the tripe is usually carried out by a professional tripe dresser, who also were known for their expertise in cowheel and ox tail. A tradition that has long but disappeared, by the late 1960s rising prosperity and the growth of intensive farming meant that tripe had been superseded by steaks 'n' saddles, racks 'n' ribs and other premium cuts of meat. A couple of specialist tripe shops still exist (in Stalybridge and Leeds)

The sign has a decorative front and colour palette, gilt mirrored lettering with typical shadow lines. Age related losses to the paint and gilt as expected for a sign of this age and fragile production process.

Housed in a later ebonised bullnose pine frame, with a pair of wall antique style mounting hooks.

frame size, 33/127/3.5cm

Circa 1930


Second quarter 20th Century

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