ANTIQUE "OLD VIRGINIA CHEROOTS" TIN ADVERTISING SIGN. This popular brand was registered by Phillip Whitlock in 1886. His factory was located in Richmond, Virginia and the Old Virginia Cheroots brand quickly became one of the most popular cigars in the southern United States. Sales were booming and the Whitlock branch of the Lorillard factory became the largest cigar production facility in the world. This particular sign is made of tin and likely dates from about 1911 to 1920.
Whitlock chose a portrait of Uncle Barbour to represent his product because he felt the image was representative of "Old Virginia". It also didn't hurt that Uncle Barbour had an uncanny resemblance to fictional folk tale character "Uncle Remus", who became very popular during the 1880's. This great-looking sign measures about 15" tall and 11 3/8" wide.The lower left corner of the sign is labelled No. The back of the sign has its original green paint. This sign is guaranteed to be an antique original item and not a remake. Condition of this antique Old Virginia Cheroots sign is VERY GOOD. The colors are strong and there is minimal surface rust on the front side. There are holes near 3 of the 4 corners that were used for hanging. I also see a shallow crease near the top right corner (see photo). The reverse side has a light coating of rust.
Overall, this antique sign looks fantastic and displays beautifully. In an extensive internet search, this sign represents the nicest example I've seen that has ever been offered for sale online.
Please take a close look at the many photos I've provided and judge condition for yourself. Crease on Upper Right Side. If you have any questions regarding this policy, please let me know. I will insure this item at my own expense. Txzj pxzj3531 txzj-11 txzj39 txzj74 txzj115.The item "Antique Old Virginia Cheroots Tin Advertising Sign Cigar Tobacco Richmond VA" is in sale since Thursday, September 20, 2018. This item is in the category "Collectibles\Tobacciana\Signs".
The seller is "virginia_quailman" and is located in Waynesboro, Virginia. This item can be shipped worldwide.