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22 Foutz's Horse and Cattle Powder Sign

Large, die-cut lithographed sign from David E. Foutz, a merchant in Baltimore, Maryland.  The outstanding sign has an original tombstone shape and is currently nicely framed and double matted.  The image size is 24”x 18” while the overall size is 35”x 29”.  c1880.  This HIGHLY detailed pastoral scene has it all. In the foreground four horses are being herded across a bridge with a red sign reading, “FOUTZ’S / HORSE & CATTLE POWDERS.  A few hogs are rooting under the bridge.  In the background, cattle are in and around a shallow river that meanders along.  As far as I can tell, the sign is in near mint to mint condition. I see no damage, but I have not examined it out of the frame.  I have a much smaller example of this sign, with the same shape and imagery.  This is the only example of this MUCH larger size that I have seen. Great things don’t need much of a description and that is what you have here.  It might sound crazy but if you sit and look at this sign for a while, it seems to have a calming effect.  Ask any questions you have. Estimate is $2000-4000+. Open it at $1000. As for shipping, last auction I shipped another smaller and lighter, framed sign with Fed-Ex. The packaging and shipping for that sign cost $173.  Pick up or deliver would be advised.