Ca1905 Betsy Ross 5¢ Cigars Tin Lithograph Advertising Sign 20.25" By 24.25" For Sale
Very rare and attractive, ca1905, Self-Framed, Tin Lithographed Advertising Sign for Betsy Ross 5¢ Cigars featuring a simply fantastic, full central portrait of a beautiful, young representation of Betsy Ross sewing an American Flag. This classic, Tin Litho Advertising Sign measures 20 1/4" by 24 1/4" and features a central, debossed oval surrounded by an outer border which is shaped and lithographed to resemble a wood veneered picture frame.
The central image depicts a bust portrait of this idealized beauty dressing in colonial era garb and holding an American Flag. The portrait is surrounded by a tobacco leaf wreath and there is a federal eagle below the portrait.
Text above and below the central image on the "frame" reads "Betsy Ross" and "5¢ Cigars". There is also text along the bottom edge that reads "A.S. Valentine & Son / Makers - Philadelphia".
The Sign is undated and unmarked by the manufacturer but has been documented as having been issued shortly after the turn of the 20th century. The chromolithography is of a very high quality and this attractive Advertising Sign is an outstanding example of American Lithography on Tin.
This very rare and beautiful, ca1905 Betsy Ross Cigars Self-Framed, Tin Litho Advertising Sign is not a reproduction, reissue or restrike but is an original Sign manufactured and displayed around 1905.
This rare and original, Betsy Ross Cigars / Revolutionary War / Patriotic Subject Advertising Sign is good condition only. The heavy gauge tin substrate is sound and intact with no rust or significant damage of any kind. There are no bends or breaks to the Sign although there are two tiny surface dings at Betsey Ross' right shoulder. Unfortunately the surface lithography has condition issues. It appears that the Sign was overpainted at some time in the past - it actually appears that the entire Sign was covered with a layer of paint (like it was used to create a "No Trespassing" Sign or something of the sort). The wood grain "frame" portion of the Sign retains quite a bit of this overpaint layer. It appears that a previous owner made an amateurish attempt to remove the paint that was over the central, portrait area which resulted in the fading and mottling to the lithography that can be seen in the scans below. There are also 3 thin surface scratches to the central image area (again see the scans below).
We feel that with all faults, this is still an attractive Sign that can be displayed as is. We also feel that it is deserving of a quality restoration but we are unsure of how the central image area could be significantly improved.
We offer this wonderful Sign with all faults and unfortunately in lesser condition and hope that it will still be a fine addition to any collection!!!
Overseasshippping is extra and cost will be quoted at buyers request. Massachusetts residents must add 6.25% sales tax.
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Ca1905 Betsy Ross 5¢ Cigars Tin Lithograph Advertising Sign 20.25" By 24.25": $570