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English Antique Imports
North Carolina Highway 105
Banner Elk NC 28604
Telephone USA: 828-963-4274
TOLL FREE 888-768-8677
UK: 01629 581118
Since 1988

We always keep an excellent selection of original, antique Pub Signs at our antiques warehouse near Boone, North Carolina. From here, we ship to all parts of the continental USA and Canada.

Origins
Pub signs first appeared in England after the Roman invasion some 2,000 years ago. Taverns would hang up a bush outside to let passers-by know that refreshments were available within!

It was a simple step from hanging up a bush to hanging up a sign depicting a natural feature like...... well, ‘The Holly Bush’, which remains a common pub name to this day. In fact, within a mile of my home here in Derbyshire one can find ‘The Thorn Tree’, ‘The Laburnum’, ‘The Sycamore’, and ‘Ye Old Oak’.

For hundreds of years pub signs were just pictures, since most people could not read. Early variations included natural features, such as ‘The Rising Sun’ or ‘The North Star’. Later additions featured animals, wild, farm, and exotic – ‘The Black Horse Inn’, ‘The Swan’, ‘The Bull’, ‘The Peacock’, or ‘The Red Lion’.

In 1393 King Richard the Second decreed that all premises selling ale must display a pub sign. (Whosoever shall brew ale in the town with intention of selling it must hang out a sign, otherwise he shall forfeit his ale). I’m not sure that has ever been repealed.

There are a good many pub signs with reference to ancient myths (‘The Green Man’, ‘Camelot’, ‘The Merlin’) and lots referring to the heraldic, the historic, the religious and the sacred. A great many names have come down to us from the days of Richard the Lionheart and the Crusades (‘The Moor’s Head’ or the ‘Trip to Jerusalem’). From the times when pilgrims walked the British Isles to historic holy sites, there also remain many pub names (‘Pilgrims Rest’, ‘Thomas a Becket’ and ‘The Dirty Habit’ , an irreverent reference to passing monks).

As well as serving as a focal point for the dramas of everyday life in England, the local pub has been the source of plots and uprisings, intrigue of every description, and chicanery without bounds! As a result, the subject matter of historic, antique pub signs range from the religious, through the heroic and the sentimental, to the profane!

Antique Pub Sign The Fire Brigade

Antique Pub Sign
The Fire Brigade

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Antique Pub Sign
front detail

Antique Pub Sign
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Antique Pub Sign

Antique Pub Sign
The Early Bird

36 wide x high
double sided, hand painted

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Antique Pub Sign The Cheshire Cheese

Antique Pub Sign
The Cheshire Cheese

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Antique Pub Sign

Antique Pub Sign
The Chineham Arms

33 wide x 40 high
double sided, hand painted

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Antique Pub Sign

Antique Pub Sign
Bunch of Grapes

32 wide x 44 high
double sided, metal panels

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Antique Pub Sign

Antique Pub Sign
Ye Olde Six Bells

34 wide x 44 high
double sided, vinyl on metal panel
some rot on frame

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We have a good selection of Antique Pub Signs. They are all original, usually painted on both sides, and generally in good, albeit weathered, condition.

Whilst original pub signs need a fairly large area of wall space (if used indoors), they undeniably have great charm, real presence and a sense of history.

All our original Antique Pub Signs are stored at our warehouse near Boone, North Carolina.

You are welcome to stop by and view, or we will be happy to ship your choice direct to your home.

Call us toll free with any questions.
1-888-768-8677
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Antique Pub Sign
The Dolphin

35 wide x 48 high
double sided, hand painted

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Antique Pub Sign The Elms

Antique Pub Sign
The Elms

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Architectural Antiques - Antique Pub Signs on 6 pages >>>

Origins ~ Page 1
Hunting, Baiting and Betting ~ Page 2
Kings, Queens and Mistresses ~ Page 3
Infamy ~ Page 4
Traditional Names ~ Page 5
Just Arrived! ~ Page 6

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Our Architectural Antiques represent great value.
Let us deliver to your door. Wholesale arrangements also available.
Call or e-mail for details. TOLL FREE: 1-888-768-8677

All of our Architectural Antiques are imported from England and stocked
at our Warehouse in North Carolina. We ship to you from the USA.
Please provide city, state and zip code for shipping quotation.

Since 1988

English Antique Imports
North Carolina Highway 105
Banner Elk NC 28604
P.O.B. 2302
Boone NC 28607
Telephone USA: 828-963-4274
TOLL FREE 888-768-8677
UK: 01629 581118


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