"The phone is a remarkably complex, simple device, and very rarely ever needs repairs, once you fix them." - Dan/Panther
Started by DavePEI, June 12, 2014, 09:14:41 PM
Quote from: Sargeguy on June 12, 2014, 09:46:50 PMThe design is legitimate-it was used by the independents and is featured in Bob Alexander's Antique Telephone Advertising Volume 3. I don't recall having seen a fake of this particular sign, but what do I know? I would ask for a picture of the back and some measurements. How much is the seller asking?
Quote from: Sargeguy on June 12, 2014, 10:05:00 PMThat back looks fishy, especially since the sign should be 10" in diameter. It should be heavy gauge steel and respond to a magnet. There should also be slightly raised lettering on a porcelain sign-a painted sign would be smooth.
Quote from: Sargeguy on June 12, 2014, 10:20:08 PMHmmm. Size is off by an inch or so, and the back looks black when it should be dark blue. On the other hand it is heavy gauge steel. It could be an Indian or Argentine fake, some of them are very good and they like to use the candlestick phone image from the Lincoln Telephone Company.
Quote from: Sargeguy on June 12, 2014, 11:49:51 PMRaised lettering on a sign is hard to duplicate. such a sign would be unlikely to be sold for $50. The back appears to be black in the photo, but comparing the front and back the color looks consistent, so it may be dark blue. I am leaning towards real.