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November 2008

Jack displayed an amazing array of Sexton metal wall plaques, most with their original silk screening intact!  Jack started his collection in 2003; he has come very far very fast!  He said that is a bit of challenge to know what is out there because there are no reference guides or catalogs that list all of the styles and sizes.  What Jack has learned is that the Sexton company was started in the early 1960s by Mr. Leland Sexton of Raytown, Missouri.  The company went out of business by 2001.  Buyers could purchase the metal plaques painted or unpainted (which allowed for custom painting to match a decor).  Almost all are incised in the back with the word Sexton.  Often they include a year of manufacture (though this practice was stopped at some point) and sometimes a USA mark.  Sexton sold to consumers directly as well as to home interior companies.  The plaques were sand cast and seem to be aluminum.  As the photos indicate, there was a plethora of themes and styles, including sports (baseball, football, basketball, and volleyball), Americana (soldiers, drums, eagles, and cannons), transportation (cars, planes, buggies, and trains), botanicals (baskets, cornucopias, vases, and bouquets), children, and animals (cows, horses, roosters, and donkeys).  Most tastes and decorating styles were covered!



The Show and Tell was a lot of fun this month.  A few items are show below.  The photo on the left is of a group of hard-to-find Pennsbury Pottery bowls, including the 1-quart covered casserole, a berry bowl, a cereal bowl, and a soup bowl.  The photos on the right shows an amazing Redwing Round Up Beverage Server and Stopper with a cowboy on one side and a chuck wagon on the other.