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    Black Eagle Trompe L'Oeil Oil Painting on Tin.
    The center of this piece has a single 1899 $1 Silver Certificate painted in oil, complete with painted folds common of currency represented in the trompe l'oeil (trick of the eye) style. Measurements for the painted note are true to size, approximately 7 3/8" by 3 1/8", and there is some crazing of the paint. At bottom is "Chas. W. Shonk Co. Litho Chicago No D2740". Charles W. Shonk Co. was established in 1891, and changed names in 1906 to Shonk Work. Shonk made tin advertising signs for businesses in and around Chicago, in particular breweries. This was almost certainly an advertising sign, as a faint shamrock and letter B are noted under the painting of the note. The sign measures 13 3/4" square, with furled edges regularly seen on other signs during this time period. Overall, a great piece of currency artwork on an interesting underlying medium that can be dated to the height of usage of 1899 $1 Silver Certificates.


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