What a statement piece! Although we are unsure of the exact age of this piece, we believe it would date to the latter part of the 20th century. We understand from the previous owner that this isn’t an early or mid 20th century piece, therefore suggesting this may have been a hand made piece for an installation or bespoke project. What we can tell you, is that it is an eye catcher and oozes decorative appeal!
“Most European towns called the pawn shop the “Lombard”. The House of Lombard was a banking community in medieval London, England. According to legend, a Medici employed by Charlemagne slew a giant using three bags of rocks. The three-ball symbol became the family crest”, Reference : Wikipedia
The frame of the sign is cast in heavy steel and hand painted in Black. The Golden balls are represented in their traditional colours and we think made in a thin metal. The sign is generally naively built, yet as suggested it really is a cool piece of art. The sign in its day would have been wall mounted on the exterior of the pawn brokers’ shop to advertise his trade. This particular piece is huge and quite ‘weighty’
We are offering this piece in ‘as found’ condition, therefore there is some natural wear and tear. The sign is structurally good with some surface scars and abrasions, some rusty areas and some paint chipping. Also, there are some notable dents to the balls on one side (as pictured). We feel this simply adds to its charm and decorative appeal. Please do study the photos to help with your analysis as it would be hard to highlight all imperfections…