painted house names & numbers were very previlant within Greater London. Theywere very popular with the expanse of London, with many house being built from the late victorian era up until the 1950s. A lot of the properties were given names as well as a street number. This may have been that the name was given prior to having street numbers addded to make postal deliveries easier.

They came in many differing forms. The variety of typefaces were numerous & almost infinite, often giving a unique look to each property despite many of the properties being terraced & on the whole built identical. Its a nice finish to a property that makes it personal & also more unique.

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The property requested to have their name & number re-vamped was a mid terrace dating back to late Victorian/early Edwardian era. the painted house name & numbers were clearly in poor shape & would probably have been the original, but looked so messy due to deterioration & age.

Traditional Signs of London were requested to reproduce the lettering in the same style as the original but in a much neater finish. The best way to do this is to either trace off the original lettering from the glass onto paper or to re-draw the layout & typeface on paper first & then take that to site. The latter was the option as the original house name & numbers were not produced as neatly as could be & could be improved upon rather than be exactly like for like.

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The typeface was chosen that was close to the original but also age related to the property. The spacing (kerning) between the letters was also produced with the period of the property in mind. Lettering was more spaced apart in bygone eras.

The drawing/layout was produced to scale for the glass size. It was then measured & positioned into place. The original painted house name & numbers was then scraped off & the glass cleaned. The signwriting is produced most commonly on the interior side of the glass. This is to produce a painted letter which brush strokes are less previlant, so prevents ‘grinning’ as light shines through the glass. It is also produced on the interior side of the glass for preservation & durability as the glass is not open to the elements & is not cleaned as frequently.

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The house numbers & name is painted in a block of colour before the addition of the cast shadow, which is painted in black. This can all be produced at the same time without the requirement of the block colour drying. If there is an outlined lettering then all the black is produced first, then allowed to dry before the block colour is painted ‘to fill’.

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Once the signwriting is completed, the layout pattern is removed from the external side of the glass. The signwriting is either allowed to dry & the measurement markings removed or a final covering of protective clear varnish is added for more durable protection. This is produced at additional cost, depending on the client’s choice.

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The finished result is just what the client requested & it makes for a very smart finish to a very beautiful home.

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Traditional & Contemporary Hand Painted Sign Writing in London

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