~ 1886 Schmidt & Co “Club Friends” Cigar Glass Painted Advert, NYC ~
This hand reverse painted on glass advertising piece is for a cigar company named Schmidt & Company of New York.
The image depicts three gentlemen in the centre enjoying cigars whilst playing a game of pool. One side depicts a building & the other depicts a meeting of suited figures.
Below that reads…
“Club Friends, From Schmidt & Co, New Chambers: Coy-William St. N.Y., No.1056 Inside £250 per 100, No.1057 outs(ide) $100, Copyright 1886 Schmidy & Co New York also Blank, Smoke Club Friends Cigars”.
It is presented in its period hardwood frame with backing board.
A rare early find of Americana advertising.
~ Dimensions ~
The frame has a width of 23 inches (58.4 cm), a height of 16.5 inches (41.8 cm) and a depth of 0.7 inches (2.2 cm). The image has a width of 21.3 inches (53.9 cm) and a height of 14.5 inches (36.7 cm). It weighs 2.2 kg.
~ Condition ~
The glass is in excellent condition and still remains colourful. The frame has a number of chips- the largest lower left – and is rather worn.