Antique Atkins Files Tin Lithograph Sign | Rare Early 1900s
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Here we have an extremely rare antique tin sign for Atkins silver steel files. There are seldom situations where an antique advertising sign crosses over into an edgy art piece, but this is one of them. The jagged, slicing lines of the reference steel files produce a modernist industrial powerhouse. Well, it is in my book. When you catch this beauty out of the corner of your eye, the knifes will be fully out. You have all the lines, then all the little reference measurements for each file. Then all the company info is classic lettering near the bottom. And the cherry on top? I've looked high and low, near and far, and I can't find another one out there. Imagine seeing this hanging in a loft or other industrial space with the half light above it. Even the bees know this is the bees knees.
The rare tin sign was produced in the early 1900s by the American Art Works Company in Ohio. The piece comes out of a Twin Cities estate containing some of the rarest antique signs around.
The early Atkins sign measures 19" tall by 13" wide. There is patina throughout, including a few small spots of surface rust and minor scrapes. Yet, it's not nearly enough to take away from the brilliance of the lithograph. Near the "K" at the top there is a slight dent to the tin. The reverse still has the original cardboard cover. It is ballooning from the tin, likely from moisture. Please see all pics as they are part of the description.
I ship FedEx to street addresses in the continental USA only (no PO boxes please). Free shipping on the unicorn industrial sign.
Get ready for the knives pointed right at your retinas. Simply, one of my favorite signs ever.