Columbia Records Grafonola Sign

Columbia Records Grafonola Sign
Columbia Records Grafonola Sign
What is the value of this Columbia Records Grafonola Sign?

Antique collectors and dealers have a love affair with antique signs. It’s been that way for quite a while.  The  Columbia Records Grafonola advertisement shown above, depicts a magical time in America.

By the turn of the 20th century,  American homes would have jazz, blues & classical music in the background. That is, if it wasn’t absolutely pouring out of the windows!  This was due to the invention of Thomas Edison’s talking machine. Not long after that came the record player, and you know the rest!

The record is a historic American icon. Even today it’s revival is playing a big role in the music industry.

The sign above is 28″ in diameter. It’s enamel and porcelain over steel, it’s double sided and the graphics are amazing!  But the condition on this example is well above average. These have a history of selling even in slightly worse condition above $2,500.

This sign is circa 1910s-20s

Retail value: $3,000

Wholesale value: $1.900

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Price report for antiques found at Brimfield

Brimfield is the largest antiques show in the US. Here’s a price report on some of the antiques I found there. Click on any pic to see what the item was selling for.

What I saw at Brimfield, what it was selling for.

  • May 12th, 2009 6:53 pm ET

  • Late 1800s Snell & Simpson biscuit box, $150
  • 2 foot long vintage Firestone Tire Metal sign. $55 (I thought  this was extremely reasonable)
  • Bucke-Eye incubator, model 17-E $150 This may look familiar to some of you, I sold it in my Duncklee Dairy farm auction last October along with a few other items in this slide show. I bumped into the dealer who purchased these items for re-sale.
  • Cast iron and marble garden set: $3,700
  • A wonderful display of the antiquers ingenuity.
  • Artwork by Mae Bennett Brown. Stunning but neither I nor the dealer could determine the medium.  $150
  • Heywood Wakefield wheat colored surfboard end-tables in original condition. $595 for the pair
  • This may look familiar to some of you, I sold it in my Duncklee Dairy farm auction last October along with a few other items in this slide show. I bumped into the dealer who purchased these items for re-sale.
  • Antique Jelly cupboard $450
  • 2 gallon crock w/ blue decoration. $95
2 foot long vintage Firestone Tire Metal sign. $55 (I thought this was extremely reasonable)

What’s it worth? Appraisal for antique enamel trade sign

Belle asks:

I recently purchased this antique sign.It’s about 2ft by 3ft. I think it’s in pretty good condition. I recently showed it to a friend who said that they thought it was a reproduction. It has the design on both sides.

What do you think? Thanks, Belle

AW says: That’s not a reproduction, I’m sure of it. It’s a pretty good antique hairdresser trade sign. It’s made with enamel over steel, has aged accordingly and has all the period details that an authentic trade sign of this era should have.

Another tell-tale sign, (sic) is the fact that it’s double sided, repros are not usually so labor intensive. To reproduce something of this magnitude, with these details wouldn’t be cost prohibitive.

Circa 1910s

  • Retail value: $475
  • Wholesale: $250-$300
  • Quick sale: $150

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  • antique sign
  • enamel
  • trade sign
  • beauty shop
  • toc (turn of century)