As early as the 12th century, pictorial signs were used mostly for the illiterate population. In the 16th century, Henry VIII established the Church of England. Pubs changed their names to eradicate any catholic links, Ark to Ship, St. Peter to Crossed Keys. King Henry VIII was also a great sportsman so, therefore, the names The Greyhound, Bird in Hand, Fox & Hounds, Dog & Duck, are examples of Pub Signs from the time of the Romans in Britain AD43 to the present.
Most of our Pub Signs are C. 1920s to 1930s and Salesmen's Samples C. 1960s.