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Lyons Tea Advertising Signs information and price guide

Lyons Tea enamel advertising signs were produced in the UK from the 1920s onwards and remained popular until the 1960s. They were typically rectangular in shape and usually featured the words LYONS’ TEA in some format. The signs were hung in tea rooms and other public places such as railway stations as a way of promoting the brand. Many of the signs feature a slogan such as “Always the Best”, “Over One Million Packets Sold Daily”, and “A Packet for Every Pocket”. Variations can be found in the shape, size and some were double sided so could be viewed from two ways. Most have the striking blue and orange / yellow colours of the brand.

For many people, they evoke a bygone era of British society when tea was an important part of everyday life. Today, these vintage signs are highly collectible and can fetch significant sums at auction. Being enamel and many were attached outside some signs can be worn and have enamel loss. Near mint and fine examples fetch a premium.

Lyons Tea Two Enamel Advertising Signs one the other a door finger plate
Lyons Tea Sold Here – Two Enamel Advertising Signs including a door finger plate. Sold for £600 at Tennants, July 2017.

We take a look at some Lyons Tea Advertising Sign examples along with a realised auction Lyons Tea Advertising Signs price guide. (Click for current Lyon’s Tea signs on ebay.co.uk and ebay.com).

A Lyons Tea Sold Here double sided enamel sign with hanging flange
A Lyons Tea Sold Here double sided enamel sign with hanging flange. Sold for £440 at Chippenham Auction Rooms, November 2021.
A small Lyons Tea rectangular enamel sign 35 half inches by 12
A small Lyons Tea rectangular enamel sign 35 half inches by 12 inches. Sold for £420 at Chippenham Auctions, November 2020.
Advertising enamel sign LYONS TEA A PACKET FOR EVERY POCKET OBTAINABLE EVERYWHERE
Advertising enamel sign LYONS TEA A PACKET FOR EVERY POCKET OBTAINABLE EVERYWHERE. Measures 39in x 30in. Sold for £380 at G W Railwayana Auctions, March 2021.
Advertising enamel sign A PACKET FOR EVERY POCKET LYONS TEA ALWAYS THE BEST
Advertising enamel sign A PACKET FOR EVERY POCKET LYONS’ TEA ALWAYS THE BEST measuring 39.5in x 29.5in. Sold for £190 at G W Railwayana Auctions, November 2020.
A mid 20th century enamelled promotional sign Lyons Tea
A mid 20th century enamelled promotional sign Lyons Tea. hite upper case lettering on a royal blue ground. 18 x 68cm. Sold for £170 at Hansons Auctioneers, October 2020.
A Lyons Tea enamel advertising sign double sided 41 by 30cms
A Lyons Tea enamel advertising sign double sided 41 by 30cms. Sold for £160 at Anderson and Garland Ltd, January 2018.

The examples shown give a good indication to main size and varieties of the Lyons Tea Advertising Signs produced. In general the more enamel and brighter the sign the more they will probably cost at auction.

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