An original reverse painted glass advertising sign for Royal Vinolia.
This wonderful Royal Vinolia sign is in it's original oak frame. It has scuffs, marks and scratches and some losses to the paint and gilt decoration, as expected from an item of this age and material, but displays well. The sign has the royal coat of arms to the top with the blue and gilt coloured decoration contrasting well with the black background, and the elegant font is very evocative of the era. The frame has had a couple of repairs over the years but the wood has developed a lovely patina.
The origins of the Vinolia Company lie in a perfumers, toilet soap and toilet preparations maker, Blondeau et Cie, which was founded in 1885 by Dr Eggleston Burrows and James Hill Hartridge, with premises in New Bond Street, London. The brand name Vinolia was adopted for the company's toiletries range, including soap, cream and powder advertised as suited to sensitive skin conditions. Factories were established in Kentish Town and other parts of London.
In 1898 the Vinolia Company was formed as a limited liability company to take over the business of Blondeau et Cie, and in 1899 it was incorporated as a public company, to acquire the business of this previous Vinolia Company. In 1900 the company achieved the accolade of a Royal Warrant as soapmakers to Queen Victoria. The company was acquired by Lever Brothers on 1 October 1906 and in 1907 production of the Vinolia range was transferred to the Lever Brothers' factory in Port Sunlight
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