PLENGE THE HATTER - Charleston, South Carolina

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  • Item Category: Advertising
  • Source: eBay
  • Sold Date: Feb 24, 2007
  • Channel: Auction House
1800's Advertisement card for


Corner Broad and Church Streets,

Charleston, S.C.

Front of this card shows a wonderful illustration of the FAMOUS wall mural in Charleston. Anyone walking or driving along Broad Street will instantly recognize this landmark. His hat, eyes, ears, nose, mouth and body are all various shaped hats.

This trade card advertisement is in excellent condition as it has been in a family storage box since the 1890's. The card is a bit more gray-green than the photo shows. All type is clear. Card has no tears or folds and shows some very slight wear as would be expected with a card from the late 1800's.

Text on back of card includes:


Fine Silk hats, $4.00, $5.00 - Men's Soft Hats, 50 cts to $5.00 - Men's Stiff Hats $1.00 to $3.50


Also listed: Silk, Alpacca and Gingham UMBRELLA prices

Mourning Bands Put on Hats, 25 Cents .

C. C. PLENGE, Corner Broad and Church Streets Agent For DUNLAP's Fifth Avenue Hats

Great item for the Charleston, South Carolina, clothing advertising, merchant, Hatter or Mural Art collector. just looks like something you need to have! We do not know the exact age of this card.

History: From the Charleston County Public Library

Charleston Multimedia Project : Guidebook : Walled City

Charles Love and Conrad M. Wienges, saddler and harness makers, purchased this site in 1855, removed some earlier structures and constructed the present building. In 1870, they sold it to Charles Plenge, who added the pressed tin cornice with his name. The "Hat Man" painting on the Church Street side of the building dates from the late 19th century.

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