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New England Telephone "Arrow" sign
« on: November 11, 2016, 11:30:04 PM »
The New England Telephone 1908 "Arrow" sign is highly collectible.  This example is not the best, but it is still presentable.  I'm surprised it didn't generate more interest.
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Re: New England Telephone "Arrow" sign
« Reply #1 on: November 12, 2016, 10:16:38 AM »
"Condition, condition, condition".

I'm a believer that you should not buy badly damaged signs unless they are extremely rare, and even then,
at greatly reduced price. I think we sign collectors, like other collectors, don't want to have to much invested
in an item that we would have trouble getting at least a good share of our money back if we wanted to sell. Also, I like to display my signs in my house and I am not happy putting a sign on the wall that detracts from the nicer examples.

Of course this is only my personal opinion and realize, and respect any opposing viewpoints.

Cheers..... Ell

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Re: New England Telephone "Arrow" sign
« Reply #2 on: November 12, 2016, 02:30:26 PM »
I agree with Eli. He probably has one of the best sign collections that exist. You can see some of his signs on the telephone archive Web site.

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Re: New England Telephone "Arrow" sign
« Reply #3 on: November 12, 2016, 08:20:41 PM »
I agree with Eli. He probably has one of the best sign collections that exit.

Chuck

Where did it exit to?
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Re: New England Telephone "Arrow" sign
« Reply #4 on: November 12, 2016, 09:19:01 PM »
He collects exit signs too??? 

I would disagree that condition is everything.  I have seen some crappy signs fetch pretty good money.  I have been looking for one of these  for a while and I've seen versions of this sign with similar amounts of damage, although not the bent flange, sell for close to $400.   
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Re: New England Telephone "Arrow" sign
« Reply #5 on: November 12, 2016, 10:06:34 PM »
The one side seems to be displayable. It's a tough sign to find.
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Re: New England Telephone "Arrow" sign
« Reply #6 on: November 13, 2016, 09:22:50 AM »
I have to agree with Ell and Chuck on this. I found in 35 years in collecting my biggest regrets were buying something that did not display well. My eyes kept going to it and it became a focal point until it was gone. Just my humble opinion. Even if it is rare, if it doesn't display like new, I will pass on it....Doug
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Re: New England Telephone "Arrow" sign
« Reply #7 on: November 13, 2016, 06:09:15 PM »
I have to agree with Ell and Chuck on this. I found in 35 years in collecting my biggest regrets were buying something that did not display well. My eyes kept going to it and it became a focal point until it was gone. Just my humble opinion. Even if it is rare, if it doesn't display like new, I will pass on it....Doug

I agree. A rusty nasty sign, no matter how rare, distracts from a sign display.
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Re: New England Telephone "Arrow" sign
« Reply #8 on: November 14, 2016, 10:38:11 PM »
I don't think this one is too bad.  I don't mind a little rust depending on how it effects the overall design.  A little rust on the edge is fine, while a few bullet holes dead center mean that the sign goes on the "wall of shame".  I will buy crappy signs if they are very rare or unique & the price is right.  A few are even too crappy for the wall of shame.  I'll hand onto them until I get a better version. 

For example, I purchased the finest example of a NET&T lollipop known to exist for $20: 



and I've never seen another one of these:

Greg Sargeant
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