Edward Westen Tea & Spice Co. Tin Sign, Cook's Pride Coffee, St. Louis, MO. Circa 1900

Colorful metal sign advertising the Cook’s Pride Brand of roasted coffee from the Edw. Westen Tea and Spice Company in St. Louis, Missouri.  Circa 1900.  This sign has a colorful deer head on the logo.   The Edward Weston Tea and Spice Company was a fairly large coffee roasting company in St. Louis in the late 1800’s and early 1900’s.   This framed sign might have been the side of a metal coffee bin at one time based on the metal overlap on one side hidden by the matte.  St. Louis was one of the largest coffee roasting cities in the U.S. in 1900 with 37 different roasting companies at that time.   Due to it’s location, coffee was shipped out on trains and wagons to many destinations from this port city after the coffee beans were either brought into New Orleans from South America or directly up the Mississippi River to St. Louis.