American, Westminster, Maryland. 19th century. Double-sided, with original COMPLETELY UNTOUCHED dry, paint decorated surface on wooden board with sturdy, chamfered wooden molding. Iron hanging brackets. Signed "S.V. Bankert". This sign is a folk art treasure, exhibiting a vibrant image with appealing subtleties of color and detail, and elevated considerably in character by a marvelous surface that only generations of exposure can create. From a considerable distance it communicated the business it represented without the need of lettering. As with most double-sided signs, one side is more worn than the other, this with the back bearing marks from buckshot, the impact of which would have caused the sign to swing wildly from its brackets..... S.V. Bankert was not only the sign's artist, yet also likely a close relation to the cattle dealer's owner. It was originally discovered at the Bankert family sale in Carroll County, Westminster, MD. An 1880 census from Carroll County lists: Adam Bankert, age 34. Occupation: "Dealer in Cattle". And also Samuel V. Bankert, age 40 and his wife, age 29 who had occupation listed as "furniture store". Dimensions: 23 1/2 inches tall (29 inches with brackets) by 41 3/4 wide. Pictured under indoor halogen art light AND also outdoors in early morning natural light. EASY TO EMAIL HIGH RES IMAGES, JUST ASK.
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