Q: What is the value of this C.N. Dietz Lumber Company sign? It’s made of 3/8-inch thick brass and measures 19 1/2 by 14 inches. It’s been hanging on our fireplace since we found it at a garage sale thirty years ago.
A: Charles N. Dietz (1853-1933) was the first student to enroll at Iowa Agricultural College (now Iowa State University). He was part of a group of students who worked on the campus and helped build the buildings. After graduation he worked in the lumber business in Chicago. In 1881 he moved to Omaha, Nebraska, and started the C.N. Dietz Lumber Co., a wholesale and retail business. The company sold lumber, doors, sashes, blinds, lime, and paint. Dietz sold his business in 1931. Brass signs sell well. Your sign might sell for $300-$700. You should tell Iowa State University about our sign.