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Object ID 001891

Object Name Sanford's Inks wood sign

Object Desc Framed wood sign with embossed red lettering for Sandford's Inks.

Collection General Collection

Accession # CMY002045

Alternate ID

General Category History

Category Advertising/Promo


Source Category Found In Collection

Accession Date JAN 1,1991


Location Room 7, Shelf 7

Object Date

Start Year Range 1930s

End Year Range 1946

Status On-Site Collection Storage

Object Keywords signs,Sanford's Inks,advertising,ink,crates,

Title Sanford's Inks wood sign

Description Framed piece of wood with embossed red lettering, "Sanford's / Inks / Chicago - New York". Black painted wood frame. Piece of wood is varnished. Appears to be the side of a wooden crate. Three holes at left and right edges most lilkely for the box construction. On back, wood is unfinished. Frame is plain wood. At top edge center is a metal piece for hanging. Wood sign is nailed to the frame.


Approx Collection Date

Height 8.5

Length 0

Width 16.75

Depth 0.75

Diameter 0

Circumference 0

Weight 0

Unit of Measure Inches/ounces

Dimension Details

Quantity 0



Site Details

Place of Origin

Maker Sanford Ink Company

Maker Details In 1857, Frederick W. Redington and William H. Sanford, Jr. founded the Sanford Manufacturing Company. In 1866, they moved to Chicago. In 1871, the Great Chicago Fire destroyed their Chicago Location, but they rebuilt the facilities. In 1896, the company opened officies in New York. In the early 1940s, the name was changed to the Sanford Ink Compnay. In 1947, they moved to Bellwood, IL. The company today is owned by the Newell Company.

Maker Mark


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Image Caption CMY2045



Date APR 3,2014

Summary fair

Assessor BN

Notes Use caution when handling. Nails sticking out on back side around edges. Sign is loose on top edge, separating from frame. On front side, red ink is faded. At top edge the wood is cracked horizontally across and was fixed with a nail through the top to the back side. Surface scratches and dents. Loss of frame at upper right corner. Left and right edges of frame are loose. On right side of wood sign there is an inherent fault with a knot that has cracking around it. On back side, there is black paint on the edges of the frame. Also, black paint spots to the left of center on the back of the wood sign. Nails sticking out at top center, about 4" from left edge at top and about 1.5" from right edge at top.


Date APR 3,2014

Summary Location change

Notes Location changed to Room 7, Shelf 10 from Room 7, Shelf 2 - automatic entry by admin

Date APR 18,2014

Summary Location change

Notes Location changed to Room 7, Shelf 7 from Room 7, Shelf 10 - automatic entry by admin