“Tavern Sign From Upstate New York, 1795-1802”
“Tavern signs from even a century ago are hard to find. This rare sign dates back more than two centuries!
This one-of-a-kind sign is for the ï¿½Ozias Coleman Jnr Inn,ï¿½ which operated in Fort Ann, in upstate New York, from 1795-1802. The sign comes with Colemanï¿½s brightly colored, flamestitch-woolen pocketbook, embroidered with his full name.
In 1781 Ozias Coleman Jun was elected as town assessor, in 1794 he was elected postmaster. He was also the justice of the peace in 1794-1795.
In 1795, he opened his tavern in town and operated it until about 1800. In 1802 he was appointed by the State of New York as coroner. The official document making him coroner is included in a companion wallet that comes with the artifact, designed with colorful needlepoint.
The wood sign has similar images on both sides. They are the only images ever on this board. Due to exposure to weather and shrinkage, the lettering on the sign is in relief, as the paint protected the surface. The sign retains its original iron hangers, though there is some loss of wood on a bottom scroll.
Measures 35ï¿½ L x 24.5ï¿½ W x 2.75ï¿½ D.
Originality guaranteed with a certificate of authenticity from The Caren Archive, a leading source of significant historic printed matter.