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American Gentleman Shoe Sign Large Clear Glass W/ Gold Foil Inlay Framed 1907

We have for your consideration an antique clear glass, beveled-edge advertising sign that reads 'American Gentleman $3.50  $4.  $5. Shoe.'  The glass has been cut or routed-out on the back, and gold foil has been inlaid.  The sign is encased in a wood frame with an antiqued gilt finish.  The dimensions of the frame are:  39 3/4" x 12" x 2 1/4" thick.  There is a heavy duty hanging wire in place on the back. 

This heavy glass advertising sign is pre-owned.  It is not dated but we believe it is from the 1907 time period.  It has large chipped areas on the edges, some of which are still visible within the frame (top two corners especially).  Some of the gold foil inlay has worn off.  There is some cloudiness and some scratches on the glass.  We have housed it in a newer frame with felt and board backing to help preserve the gold foiling and prevent further chipping of the glass.

This piece was part of the decor of a northern mid-Missouri men's clothing store (independently owned and family-run) that closed recently after many decades of being in business.  We believe this sign originally hung in the Hamilton-Brown Shoe Factory in Columbia, Missouri, which was built in 1906.  American Gentleman was part of Hamilton-Brown's finest leather shoe line, which also included American Lady shoes.  Online, we found American Gentleman shoe advertising from 1907 newspapers that indicated their shoes were selling for $3.50, $4.00, and $5.00.

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