The Model Suit-Maker. Extremely rare advertising item. This unique piece was used in the early 1900’s as a salesman’s tool to

The Model Suit-Maker. Extremely rare advertising item. This unique piece was used in the early 1900’s as a salesman’s tool to sell suit fabric. Measuring approximately 31” x 71”, this easel back apparatus was an ingenious way to display different fabrics to the customer by allowing the cut-out figure of the “man” to be extended back and bolts of cloth to be draped over the figure. Then, the hinged-figure is pushed back to the plane of the frame, giving the image of a man wearing a suit with the chosen fabric. The head, face, and neck area are painted, as are the hands and cane, and the shoes. Clever uses of wire are fashioned to give the appearance of buttons, a breast pocket and coat pockets. The metal label in the back reads The Big Four Sales Co. Sole Makers of “The Model-Suit Maker” Patented Dec. 1, 1914 Findlay, OHIO. Condition #9 Est. value RARE.