Saturday, July 14, 2012

The Enamel Sign

Enamel signs are a great collectible.  They can advertise anything from a bookstore to an eyeglass shop.  The flanged signs are more easily seen than the regular flat signs that lay flat against the wall.  With the flanged signs coming out from the wall, they are more susceptible to damage, espically on the bottom of the sign, where it could potentially be hit by items being carried or people walking by, espically on the bottom edge of the sign.

Here in the Ozarks, the flanged sign brings more money than the flat signs do (especially if it’s for a company like Western Union, Goodyear, or Wrigley’s Chewing Gum).
One of the ways to help out in figuring if the sign is a reproduction is the fading on the item.  There are quite a few ways to fake fading or even rust, but on an item that is authentic, the fading and rust is not even over the entire piece.

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