Fox Ridge Circle House Number Sign

ALTHOUGH THE OWNERS OF Fox Ridge Circle in Davidson, North Carolina may not know it, their sign is carrying on a long and illustrious history of hand carved signs that goes back to prehistoric times. In places as widespread as ancient Egypt, the Mayan civilization in South America, the Roman empire, the Maoris in New Zealand, and later in Europe – carving was used in wood, stone and anything else that was carveable even before letters were invented. Of course, this meant that images were used to get the idea across, and this custom has continued right up to the present day, not only to reinforce the sign’s message, but to add interest and beauty, making a sign more a piece of artwork than a utilitarian advertising tool.

The gold leaf used in the text is 23kt gold that has been hammered into extremely thin sheets in a process known as ‘goldbeating’. This, too, has a long history behind it. The 5th century Greek historian, Herodotus, tells about gilded wood and metal objects made by the Egyptians, and excavations of many of these objects have proved him correct. Pliny the Elder, first century Roman philosopher, describes the first gilding at Rome after Carthage was destroyed. He tells how the Romans gilded the ceilings of their palaces and temples, starting with the Capitol. In fact, wealth spread so quickly at this time that even private and poor people were able to gild the walls of their dwellings in gold. Since the gold leaf in those days was relatively thick compared to nowadays, archaeologists have uncovered amazingly brilliant and solid specimens from these ancient times.

Made of high density urethane (HDU) this handsome property sign will last for many years to come. Who knows, maybe in 2,000 years, it will be discovered with the gold still intact, to prove that the legacy of carved and gilded signs still lives on!

Carved & Gilded
Carved & Gilded
Sign Size
20 " x 12 "