Signs of the times: five to buy from an impressive enamel adverts selection at auction

A sale of enamel signs and advertising memorabilia at Truro Auction Centre in Cornwall includes lots of historic and colourful options.

TSR Truro Sign Frys

Estimated at £200-300 is this enamel rectangular advertising sign for Fry's Chocolate - Makers to H.M. The King and Queen Alexandra, measuring 22in x 2ft 6in long. See the Fry's Chocolate sign on


Here are five ideas (including top) on what to buy at the July 6 Enamel Signs & Advertising Memorabilia auction which will be held in Redruth.

Carry it away 

TSR Truro Sign Halls

This classic sign for Hall’s Distemper – The Oil-Bound Water Paint by Sissons Brothers of Hull is a real show-stopper at 5ft 6in (1.68m) long. Estimate £300-500. You can bid for the  Hall’s Distemper sign via


Sausage sizzler 

TSR Truro Sign Palethorpes

Measuring 3ft x 15in in a vertical format, an old enamel rectangular advertising sign promotes Fresh Palethorpes To-day. The estimate is £150-250. See the Fresh Palethorpes sign on


Inspect a Morse

TSR Truro Sign Morses

Estimated at £150-200, this is a large old enamel rectangular advertising sign for Morse's Distemper - Now They'll Have To Use It, measures 5ft x 3ft 4in. You can bid for the for Morse's Distemper sign on


Take a Turf

TSR Truro Sign Turf

This is an old enamelled rectangular advertising sign for Turf Virginia Cigarettes - Guaranteed made from tobacco aged at least 5 years in the wood. It measures 3ft x 2ft and is estimated at £140-180. View the sign for Turf Virginia Cigarettes on


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