Vintage Lighted Barber Shop Pole
This vintage lighted barber shop pole is the epitome of a good collectible. The demand for pieces like this are very strong. It’s in excellent condition, has great graphics and is the epitome of Americana. It’s approximately 24″ tall and 8″ in diameter.
The colors on the barber shop pole represents red and blue blood. This come from a time when barbers were often surgeons as well as hair cut givers!
The appraisal of this item considers the fact that it has cross interest demand. There are collectors that collect everything to do with barbershops. Decorators will love this for it’s colorful graphics. Anique enthusiasts will appreciate it’s romanticism of yesteryear.
Barbers still use them, and signs are expensive.
Circa mid to later 20th century.
Retail value: $350
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Hanley’s Peerless Ale Tray
This Hanley’s Peerless Ale Tray from Providence Rhode Island is a collectible which on an increased value trend. There are several reasons for this.
First, millenials are collecting beer trays. The tray is a piece of Americana, therefore the spectrum of collectors is wide. Antiques & collectibles, like everything else in the marketplace, are fix to the law of “supply & demand”.
This tray is 12″ in diameter and on a scale from 1-10 I’d say it’s a strong 6. It has great graphics, and crossover potential because of the bull-dog. At least three possible types of collectors could be interested. Those would be, collectors of things with dogs on them, breweriana collectors and people who collect advertising items.
This tray is circa 1940s.
Retail value: $100
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Roseann asks: What can you tell me about my 5 Rueben Donnelley USPS coasters?
AW says: RE your Rueben Donnelley Corp Milk Glass USPS Coasters
As you mentioned in your email, 4 of these are part of a set of USPS set of coasters. They would fall under the category of Americana. They are made of milk glass with a brass rim around the edges. Circa 1940s.
The odd one is a coaster commemorating the graphics co. that designed all 5 of the coasters.
The graphics producer, Rueben H. Donnelley co. is associated with R.R. Donnelley co which has a rich history in print making, map making and graphics.
This company also participated as an exhibitor in the Chicago World’s Fair.
The USPS like any other business, did and still does produce a lot of promotion items, and this set was one of them.
There are many sets of USPS coasters. A complete set of coasters would consist of 6.
Retail value: (for your four and odd one ) $45
- Rueben Donnelley Corp Milk Glass USPS Coasters
- Wholesale: $25
- Milk Glass
- Chicago World’s Fair
- R. H. Donnelley co.
- USPS coaster set