Mastro December 2007
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Embossed to look like a picture in a frame, this 20" x 30" tin litho ad sign for the Continental (Fire) Insurance Company of New York uses an image of a continental soldier who is about to raise his cocked and loaded rifle to defend his country. Always at the ready is the message the image conveys, and the artist deliberately gave the soldier the look of George Washington to instill a sense of trust in the viewer. It is extremely high grade in appearance and very visual. Light surface rust appears in spots on the reverse, producing no frontal effect. A few small scratches appear in the woodgrain print of the outer "frame" section and a few rubs appear on the high points of the frame area's golden inner trim. The image area is even more impressive, with great color and a near-perfect image area. It just has to be wondered how something so fragile could survive in such a high grade state for over a century.
Estimated Value: $1,000 - $1,500.
Circa 1900 Patriotic "Continental Insurance" Embossed Tin Litho Metal Sign
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