John Phelan Trade Sign


This fabulous sign probably advertised the business of John Phelan, a prosperous businessman in New York City in the latter part of the 19th century.  He immigrated from Ireland as a child and settled in Greenwich Village.  His son, James J. Phelan took his family's successful grocery trade and expanded and diversified it, including a venture in wholesale wine and spirits.  The sign is approximately 42" high and 61" wide.  It retains its original surface; some minor restoration has been performed to scattered small losses.  Provenance:  Collection of the Goyette Museum of Americana, Peterborough, New Hampshire, sold by Richard W. Withington, 1977.

Dealer John Chaski, Inc.
Date: circa 1880
Origin New York
Measurements 42" H x 61" W overall
Price $15,000
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