WE BUY AND SELL SERIOUSLY 'BLOKEY' STUFF
The guys at Old Sydney Signs have been working locally and abroad since 1972 to bring you a fantastic selection of antique advertising signs, old tins and advertising art and collectables from Victorian and Edwardian eras, the 50’s and 60’s – right up to the modern day.
Click on the ANTIQUE ADVERTISING SIGNS FOR SALE button to the left of the menu bar to browse a huge range of original enamel signs, antique show cards, and old tin and metal advertising signs.
OLD TINS AND PACKETS FOR SALE is our gallery of vintage motor, petrol and oil tins and cans, antique cigarette and tobacco tins, tea and coffee tins, confectionery and grocery tins of yesteryear.
Under COLLECTABLES FOR SALE you will find everything from antique mirrors to eclectic motoring books and garagenalia on display.
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SIGNS AND SHOW CARDS FROM THE OLD CORNER STORE
Our huge range of original enamel advertising signs includes many fine examples of early Australian signs and antique advertising signs from around the world. Known by enthusiasts as ‘Street Jewellery’, old porcelain signs, vintage enamel signs, investment signs and collectable signs of the Victorian era include early bicycle signs, newspaper signs, vintage insurance signs, piano signs, antique boot signs, early watch maker signs, maritime signs, banking and insurance broker signs, and a plethora of antique corner shop display signs and show cards.
HOUSEHOLD AND GROCERY ENAMEL SIGNS
During the Victorian era, just before and after the 1900’s, a majority of the population had limited education and many people were illiterate. For this reason advertising featured striking colors and stunning pictorials on signs and packaging in order to attract customers. Victorian advertising signs such as the famous Fry’s 5 Boys Chocolate sign were powerful advertising icons of yesteryear. Hudson’s Soap signs, Keens Mustard signs, Sunlight Soap signs, Cadbury’s Bournville Cocoa signs, Lyons Tea signs, Liptons Tea signs, and Singer Sewing Machine signs are all typical examples of old porcelain signs of the Victorian period. Who could forget the Hudson’s hot air balloon pictorial sign, or the Nestle’s cat pictorial sign – both considered by serious collectors to be the world’s two most valuable investment grade enamel signs.
CIGARETTE AND TOBACCO ADVERTISING SIGNS
With thousands of tobacco companies and brand names throughout the Victorian world, antique advertising signs reflect a kaleidoscope of pipe tobaccos, cigars and cigarette identities. The Players Navy Cut signs were cutting-edge, featuring the first World War themes such as the HMAS Hero and HMAS Invincible. Odgen’s Robin cigarette signs, Black Cat, Crow Bar tobacco signs, Lifeboat Navy Cut, Wills Capstan, Wills Gold Flake, Passing Show cigarette signs are all very collectable signs of yesteryear. And who could forget the Craven ‘A’ cigarette advertising campaign claiming to relieve sore throats.
OLD PUB SIGNS
Rare Australian pub mirrors, Bourgoyne’s Australian wine signs and Emu Burgundy signs are collectors favorites. Australian Toohey’s, Tooth’s and English Mews are just some of the iconic beer signs. Well remembered old whisky signs include Ushers Special Reserve, Teachers, Black and White and other collectable signs like Sportmans gin, Beehive brandy, 1950’s 1960’s Pepsi Cola, Cottees and Cocoa-Cola milk bar signs make great investments in advertising antiques.
ANTIQUE ADVERTISING COUNTRY AND FARMING SIGNS
Iconic collectable rural signs include Cooper’s Sheep Dip and Shut-the-Gate farm signs, Thorley’s Food metal signs, antique Palethorpe’s Saugage signs, old enamel dog food signs, stock and poultry feed advertising signs, and Australian Sheep and Cattle advertising antique porcelain signs.
PETROL, OIL, MOTORING GARAGE AND GAS STATION SIGNS
As collectors of seriously ‘blokey’ stuff we are constantly chasing rare, one-off and unusual motor spirit signs, petrol signs, gas signs, oil signs, and garage memorabilia. Icon signs for the shed include the large Shell Stick Man embossed sign, embossed Castrol ‘Bowtie’ signs, and Golden Fleece hex signs. Garage rack signs, bowser tops and petrol pump signs are also popular. Old original Goodyear, Dunlop and Pedreau tyre signs, embossed Shell 2-piece and 4-piece petrol signs, rare Ampol signs, Kangaroo signs, Neptune, Atlantic, Waratah, Mobil, Voca, Plume, Caltex, Texaco are other classic icon porcelain enamel signs from the garage.