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19Th Century Horse Trough Sign

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  • £895.00
  • €1,029 Euro
  • $1,094 US Dollar

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An original 19th Century hand-painted sign which would’ve been mounted near a public trough, intended to deter drunken revellers from taking a quick dip, one assumes. Interesting mention of the “burghers” - this was a term used to describe the middle and upper-levels of society, the French version being more familiar to us today - “bourgeois”. From my research, the sign could be from south Wales. There is a mention of a Thomas Dalton being the Clerk to the Board in Bridgend in 1845 and burghers were referred to in Cardiff until around 1905 (when it was granted city status).

White text, painted on black background. Well weathered and split over time with obvious losses. At some point, someone has replaced two sides of the frame (the remaining two sides are original). I have decided to leave it like this but can be removed.

A rare and evocative piece of social history. c.1840s - 1850s


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Seller Location

Devon, Devon

Item Dimensions

H: 40cm W: 91cm D: 6cm


19th Century

Item Location

United Kingdom

Seller Location

Devon, Devon

Item Location

United Kingdom

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+44 (0)1803 867617

+44 (0)7752 923339