McWaterin' Hole Bar Sign

HOME BAR SIGNS and man cave signs have always been a popular theme. Some are patterned after commercial pubs or taverns, some are given the name of the home owner, and others just have a quirky, fun title. Images of beer mugs are a favorite, but we’ve seen everything from a portrait of the family dog, wine-drinking frogs, dragons, and grapes to pipe-smoking bulldogs.

This sign includes poker chips with an ace of spades (also known as the spadille). Though originally the lowest card, it is usually regarded as the highest card in the deck (though the card’s value does vary from game to game). It is also the card that has traditionally been stamped with an ornate design and the insignia of the printing company who produced the cards. The origin of this practice goes back to Britain in the 1600’s when James I introduced this and stamp duty then lasted until as late as 1960. Interestingly, the precise design of the ace card was considered so important that design patents were even taken out.

Another interesting phenomenon is the recently popular hobby of chip collecting. There is even a club called the Casino Chips and Gaming Tokens Collectors Club which was begun in 1988. Hard to imagine how a single chip could be considered worth $100,000 – but these chips are traded on eBay and among collectors, this is exciting stuff. Originally made of clay, they are now mostly made of composite material, often with the feel of ceramics.

This home bar sign features hand sculpted artwork, with the main text hand carved and gilded with 23kt gold – a fun addition and centrepiece to this home den.

Carved & Gilded
Sculpted & Painted
Sign Size
18 " x 15 "