How is gold leaf made?
Classic gold leaf window lettering and logo!
A hand-made 23 karat gold leaf window logo, installed by Designs & Signs at DeMatteis Gallery in the historic district of Annapolis, Maryland. This gold leaf lettering was applied by hand more than thirty years ago. It was recently removed by a new tenant, but even after thirty years it still looked as good as new. Nothing beats traditional gold leaf custom signage made by hand. If cared for properly it will last a lifetime. Please contact us for a quote if you are interested in gold leaf lettering for your home or business!
Ancient sign making
Commerical signage has an ancient history. Both the east and west have developed their own forms of retail signage. Ancient Egyptians, Romans, and Greeks were known to use signage. Ancient Rome used signboards for both shopfronts and public events. The Romans usually constructed their signboards from stone or terracotta. Alternatively, they were whitened areas, known as albums, on the outside walls of shops, marketplaces, and forums. Rome left us many examples, such as the commonly known bush to identify taverns, from which is derived the proverb, “Good wine doesn’t need a bush”. There are still some trade signs that remain in modern times, such as the red and white barber’s pole and the three balls of pawnbrokers. Among the signs identified with specific trades, some later evolved into trademarks. As a result, early commercial signage and branding are intimately bound.
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