Trade Sign Tools

Every now and again we are lucky enough to acquire items that firstly we have never seen and secondly, we will never see again.



This astonishing set of oversized mid-20th century trade sign tools are one of those items.  The craftsmanship across all 3 of these German shop display trade signs is amazing, the detail and share size is what sets them apart. Handcrafted using sectioned wood, metal and brass each detail is as you may expect to find on the real thing.

An oversized handdrill, screwdriver, and chisel/ With their original hanging hooks still present and a maker’s name which resembles ACHIER CHROME etched into the chisel. The handdrill weights close to 25KG alone, these objects would likely have hung in a wood merchants shop window to adverts services and products. This example is one of the best trade sign objects we have uncovered in a long-time one thing is for sure,  won’t find another set quite the same………

Size in inches approx.:  Hand drill H 10” x W 53” x D 10” Screwdriver H 42” x W 5” x D 5” Chisel H 20” x W 3.2” x D 2.2”

Period: Mid-20th Century

Material: Wood, metal, and brass

Origin: Germany

Condition: Aged

Item Condition

Completely solid in structure and form, aged naturally, Fading and loss of paint across areas of the surface, elements of natural rusting across the metal surface, and deep patina across all the aged wood. The wooden sections hand natural splits in them such as the handles. The brass section has aged naturally with light patination’s across them. These objects are not new or have not been aged back for effect, they date from the 50s or 60s and have aged naturally overtime as the pictures show.

This is an aged object so expect age related wear as the photos aim to show however it is exceedingly difficult to photograph all the areas on this piece. Therefore, we strongly suggest reviewing all the photos provided as part of this advert and propose questions where sections / condition is unclear to avoid disappointment when purchasing.


Please get in touch in advance of a purchase if you based outside of the UK to clarify P&P on this item as this varies dependent upon your global location. Global shipping is possible so please view all shipping details as explained. With items of this fragile and rare nature we always recommend recorded/tracked postage with adequate insurance cover. This may cost a bit more, but at least you are covered from accidents that may take place whilst in transit.


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We aim to ship your purchased item in 2 to 3 working days. The item is packed well and shipped via Parcelforce or Royal mail. Additional to this we used a few carefully selected couriers in the UK to deliver our most fragile or larger item. The courier option is applied at the buyer’s cost, so please get in touch with us directly for further information.

Cancellation / Refunds

We are unable to refund any item which is purchased unless the item is different from what is described in the advert stated. We go to a lot of effect to ensure our customers are happy with their items and purchases. Therefore, we strongly suggest the customer consider the purchase/view all pictures and close ups and propose as many questions via email before a purchase is made. We do no refund our customers if they choose to change their mind about the purchase unfortunately, we will however offer a full refund of the item (excluding postage) if the item once received is not as described, this however can only take place within 48hr of the item being received by the customer. Once an item has been received and if a cancellation has been agreed by The House of Antiques management team, the customer is liable for the cost and insurance of postage if the item needs to be sent back to us in London.

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We believe in what we do, deliver what we say we will deliver, and make sure that our unique items are presented and delivered as we would expect them to be presented and delivered to us. Customer service and satisfaction is as important as the item itself and we believe therefore our customers keep coming back for more beautiful and unique item to decorate their lives with.


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What Our Customers Say

Harry replied to my emails quickly with full and comprehensive details of freight and of the piece I was buying … very helpful and the piece arrived in Australia exactly the date he said it would . I love it and I told him ! Brilliant service and I will definitely purchase off him again.


Private Collector (Australia)

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© The House Of Antiques 2016 - 2022
Company No: 1099539 | VAT No: 406788763

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