Milkmaid milk sign
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11 Feb 2019 11:27 AM  
I remember Mike and his wife very well and still have a mint Players Navy Cut on white background I bought from them. They always had wonderful condition signs on offer, nice people.
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11 Feb 2019 12:34 PM  
Many thanks for sharing your story FB. Having that sort of provenance adds another dimension to an already stunning sign.
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12 Feb 2019 07:47 AM  
To take it back further, I remember Mike buying David Griffiths collection of enamels which were fabulous condition. I suspect the Milkmaid may have come from there but not sure, it's a long time ago now.
Mike and Benda were good friends and I still have quite a few nice bits from those days.
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12 Feb 2019 12:44 PM  

Quite correct. I have four signs that once belonged to David Griffith before Mike including the near mint Cadbury's Cocoa Essence. I think my wall-mounted Fry's cabinet also belonged to David at some point? I did a deal with Mike for it chopping in the big Rowntree's chocolate cabinet which I am sure is shown on p61 in Jeff Carpenter's book. That cabinet spent all its working life in a snooker hall with the pedement lying face down  on top as for some reason it wouldn't fit on the counter with the pediment fixed on! Amazing that it survived.

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12 Feb 2019 12:53 PM  

 Another story: Mike was driving through a village in Wales one day when he spotted a guy up a ladder pointing up his brickwork. He was holding a small Zebra Grate Polish sign on which he was placing the cement. Mike used his great charm to purchase the sign and I am sitting here now still looking at it on my office wall today. Mike always maintained that this Zebra was special in having so much rich colour on the mane and neck. Perhaps its a fairly early version?

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12 Feb 2019 05:36 PM  
The details look amazing on the zebra,any chance of a photo of the whole sign F B?
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13 Feb 2019 08:58 PM  
Hi FB. f you ever decide you may be prepared to part with the Milkmaid sign, do get in touch. Dave 07939 722878
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13 Feb 2019 11:52 PM  

It’s fantastic hearing anecdotal references to these enamel signs; it goes to show that they’ve had a life too. It’s also important that we have people who are able to pass on the stories of the signs and the people who owned them. Your memory will live on with the signs.

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14 Feb 2019 09:21 AM  

 No disrespect ,DeeGee, but I think there's more chance of you winning the Derby on Shergar than prising that Milkmaid off Factory Boy .

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14 Feb 2019 10:53 AM  

 Invaluable, here is the full Zebra as requested.

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14 Feb 2019 10:57 AM  

 I'm not so sure Marcus ...always wanted a holiday somewhere like this!

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14 Feb 2019 11:33 AM  
Thank you Factory boy,that is a lovely sign,one of my favourite designs.
Also one of the only few my other half said she would happily have on display in the house if I am lucky enough to ever find one!
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14 Feb 2019 12:09 PM  
Strange that it has red eyes. The Zebra that is.
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14 Feb 2019 12:33 PM  

 That seems perfectly reasonable to me, Brian. Your Milkmaid in exchange for Dr Who's Tardis and a silver Airstream .lol.

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