This is what can now be seen of the sign on W. Kilner Ltd. China Merchants building in Preston.
Companies don’t do this anymore, I suppose they’re never around in one place long enough.
Here is a detail of the effigy above the door, which looks rather like some kind of pirate ship’s figurehead, but is supposed to be William Caxton.
There’s an image of an original line drawing of this building on Flickr http://www.flickr.com/photos/rpsmithbarney/5938248265/, apparently they were wholesaler of glass and ceramic ware.
I can’t quite make out the lettering on the figurehead, m 27c ? What does that mean?