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In fine condition, this 19th Century reverse painting on glass trade sign advertises "Dr. R. J. Hughart, Dentist" and is framed in an old, heavy, copper frame that has darkened, with some red splotches and vertigris in evidence. Ca 1870, it is a fine example of the kind of eglomise trade signs that were common throughout the 19th century. The gold lettering is bright, with each letter outlined in a deeper and shinier gold color. It measures 12" by 18", is backed with a heavy fiberboard, and weighs 6 1/2 pounds. The glass is thick, with most of the reverse painting intact, no scratches or cracks, and there are two spots on each side of "Dr. R.J." that may have held a brass tack or decoration of some kind. Googling the name, I found a notation of a marriage of the same name in West Virginia in 1858. The sign came from a Pennsylvania estate with antiques of that era, so it is possibly the same individual.