Candy shop sign

Nov 24, 2018. 19:18 UTC
Candy Shop Sign
United States of America

Japanese art

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For sale

I was told by the owner of this piece that it an antique Candy Shop Sign. But, I think it is a piece of art. It is carved from wood, painted and gold leafed. the label on the back reads: Candy Shop "Tetsu-Ame" 72-244 It is 32" x 24" x 3"


Purchased from an antique dealer in Sausalito.CA

Answered within 1 day
Nov 26, 12:26 UTC
By Klaus

Fair Market Value

$400 - $600 USD

Insurance Value

$1,000 USD
What does this mean?

Thank you for submitting your item for appraisal. This appears to be a late Meiji period shop sign, carved and lacquered wood, partly gilt, inscribed 飴 鐵 and with a firefly as a registered trade mark. The first laws regarding protection of products date back to early japanese history, but modern Japan first introduced trademark regulations in 1884 with several later amandments. The round shop sign in your possession is highly decorative, a perfect combination of chinese / japanese characters and the geometric round. The estimate is based on recent auction results. As always "asking prices" in the trade are much higher and can vary.

Corey Dec 06, 11:08 UTC

The insurance appraisal for this item is $1,500.

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