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Liptons Tea Advertising Signs information and price guide

Lipton’s Tea was founded by grocer, marketing genius and tea merchant extraordinaire Sir Thomas Lipton (1848–1931) . Lipton’s parents ran a grocery store in Glasgow and on his return from travelling in 1870, he helped in the family store. The shops were successful and soon there was a  chain of shop. Tea was a best selling product and Sir Thomas saw huge potential in tea and in 1888 he not only bought the tea he bought the tea estates in Ceylon (now Sri Lanka). He used modern methods to make the gathering and distribution more efficient. He was a man of first which included selling loose tea direct to the public and was the first to start selling  bags. Lipton’s Tea also became popular in the United States.

Lipton’s Tea enamel advertising signs were part of many advertising and marketing strategies used to promote the tea. Although Lipton’s Tea was advertised with a number of slogans including “Direct from the tea gardens to the teapot” most Lipton’s Tea enamel advertising signs were simple just using the words Lipton’s Tea and sometimes Agent for Lipton’s Tea. They were typically rectangular and usually had white lettering on green, and sometimes white lettering on a blue background. Lipton’s Tea received a number of Royal Warrants and these are often seen on the signs. We take a look at some Liptons Tea Advertising Sign examples along with a realised auction Liptons Tea Advertising Signs price guide.

Enamel Sign Liptons Tea double sided
Enamel Sign Liptons Tea double sided. White lettering on green background featuring the Royal Warrant. Sold for £190 on ebay, May 2022.
Enamel Sign Liptons Tea long rectangular
Enamel Sign Liptons Tea long rectangular example. Sold for £95 at PFK, August 2017.
A Liptons Tea enamelled advertising sign, early 20th century, of rectangular for, inscribed LIPTONS TEA
A Liptons Tea enamelled advertising sign, early 20th century, of rectangular for, inscribed LIPTONS TEA. Sold for £190 at Mendip Auction Rooms, December 2021.
Vintage Lipton Tea Sign Board Porcelain Enamel Double Sided Flange
Vintage Lipton Tea Sign Board Porcelain Enamel Double Sided with Flange. Sold for $569.05 on ebay, June 2022.
Ask For Liptons Tea enamel sign white lettering on blue
Ask For Lipton’s Tea enamel sign white lettering on blue. Sold for £90 at SAS, January 2020.
liptons tea enamel sign largest sale in the world
Lipton’s Tea Enamel Sign with the words Largest Sale In The World size 35″ x 96″. Sold for £190 at Durrants, November 2017.

The examples shown give a good indication to main size and varieties of the Lipton’s Tea Advertising Signs produced. Also the examples show various conditions of the signs. As with most antiques and collectables, enamel signs in excellent condition with little enamel loss achieve the highest prices at auction.

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