Mysterious Gazette sign appears in auction house

Handing over the "Galloway Gazette" sign from a day gone by to gazette reporter Emma barlow are Daryl McKrae and Ryan Dempster. GG 2305044 12
Handing over the "Galloway Gazette" sign from a day gone by to gazette reporter Emma barlow are Daryl McKrae and Ryan Dempster. GG 2305044 12

MYSTERY surrounds the discovery of a former Galloway Gazette sign which turned up in a Newton Stewart auction house recently.

The white porcelain sign, probably an advertising plaque from a newsagent or garage wall, was handed in to the Galloway and Dumfries Public Auction on Queen Street by a gentleman several weeks ago, where it then went under the hammer at the helm of auctioneer William Green.

William said all he could tell The Gazette about the man who handed it in was that he was tall with glasses.

He said: “We don’t know where it came from but it’s a good sign that has clearly been used for some time, you can see that. I would have put it as orginating from the 40s or 50s.”

And very kindly, William bid against another man when the sign went up for auction, won it and donated it back to the Gazette.

He said: “It’s always nice to see these things returned to their original owners. We see a lot of old paintings like that, they end up in here and I love to try and get them back where they belong.”

The company specialise in house clearances and come across many items which are of siginficant personal value, but which may otherwise be lost forever from families.

The auction house is open six days a week from 9am to 5pm and you can name a price if you find something that catches your eye.

The sign is now safely back on the wall of a Gazette building.

If you know where it may have come from, we’d love to hear from you. Call us on 01671 404766 or email editorial@gallowaygazette.com and let us know.