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Re: Examples of Reproduction Telephone Signs
« Reply #105 on: November 15, 2017, 11:47:04 AM »
This fake is a variant of the Southwestern  sign posted in this thread.
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Re: Examples of Reproduction Telephone Signs
« Reply #106 on: November 15, 2017, 12:48:30 PM »
Judging by the other examples of real and surreal signage, If I were to guess. I'd suspect it because of the grommets in the corner holes and the intricacy and amount of lettering surrounding the Bell logo.  Am I doing any better?
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Re: Examples of Reproduction Telephone Signs
« Reply #107 on: November 22, 2017, 04:13:58 PM »
Has anyone ever heard of Northwestern Bell Telephone Company?  Did such a company even exist?

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Re: Examples of Reproduction Telephone Signs
« Reply #108 on: November 22, 2017, 05:30:00 PM »
It is all wrong in my opinion. The rust only around the outer edge, the lettering, the bell and the grommets.
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Re: Examples of Reproduction Telephone Signs
« Reply #109 on: November 22, 2017, 07:21:23 PM »
Has anyone ever heard of Northwestern Bell Telephone Company?  Did such a company even exist?

Yes, they were a real Bell System company, serving the upper mid-west. Their signs are usually hard to find. Probably due to the lower population of the service area?

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Northwestern_Bell

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« Reply #110 on: December 21, 2017, 12:51:16 PM »
Seller says there were 25 of these made. A few things show that it is a reproduction so hopefully collectors in the future will be able to spot it as a repro. Problems with the sign are: The item description indicates it's a repro. The seller has a few other repro signs listed.

Black back
Grommets too big in relation to the sign
Grommet covers letter on the right side
The dark blue color seems too light
In the picture where the sign is being held at an angle the lack of quality seems apparent.

At least the item description indicates, indirectly, it's a repro. The seller has a few other repro signs listed.



 
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Re: Examples of Reproduction Telephone Signs
« Reply #111 on: December 21, 2017, 12:52:58 PM »
Here's a real 8" Bell of Pennsylvania hub cap.
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Re: Examples of Reproduction Telephone Signs
« Reply #112 on: December 23, 2017, 01:40:07 AM »
It is surprisingly easy to make reproduction signs. I had made a few years back for my gas station display. Screen stencils are used to deposit enamel over the base coat. Most signs were sprayed on and have that "orange peel" look to them.  I prefer making a repro over some rusted out original. Large signs require a kiln much too large for the home hobbyist.

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Re: Examples of Reproduction Telephone Signs
« Reply #113 on: February 14, 2018, 12:59:41 PM »
More fakes seen on Esty.
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Re: Examples of Reproduction Telephone Signs
« Reply #114 on: February 14, 2018, 01:07:58 PM »
Interesting how the entire surface of the bottom one is blemished, except for the bell.
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Re: Examples of Reproduction Telephone Signs
« Reply #115 on: February 14, 2018, 03:00:34 PM »
Interesting how the entire surface of the bottom one is blemished, except for the bell.
...along with the white outlines of the silkscreened letters and lines! ::)
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Re: Examples of Reproduction Telephone Signs
« Reply #116 on: February 15, 2018, 10:42:12 AM »
https://www.ebay.com/itm/162899486446

The Argentinian faker is still in business!!! Looks like he's lowered the price and now offers FREE SHIPPING!
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Re: Examples of Reproduction Telephone Signs
« Reply #117 on: March 18, 2018, 04:21:15 PM »
caveat emptor

https://www.ebay.com/itm/183121398007

Th description is a real confidence builder:

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PORCELAIN ENAMEL SIGN TELEPHONE PAY STATION 24X5" SINGLE SIDED

Sold On As Is Basis. Age, History, Not Known, Bought from Antique Sign Collectors. Nicely Washed And Cleaned
Not Touched/ Painted.
Weight 1kg/ 1.76lbs Approx.
Collectibles /Antiques Not Returnable.
Please Ask For More Photos If Required
We Ship Within 2 Days Of Receiving Full Payment. Mostly We Ship Through Fedex or DHL And Provide Tracking Number. All Signs Are Professionally Packed.
Since These Are Used Items And Sold on offers, There Are NO REFUNDS Or RETURN Offered. It Is Like Real Time selling. You Ask Questions, Photos, Before Bidding And Do All Surveys.
We Sell All These On " As Is Where" Basis Since Age, History, Origin Are Not Known To Us.
Once You offer And Pay - The Item Is Yours.
Free shipping to USA and CANADA
If your from other than USA or CANADA please ask for Quotation for shipping
Please contact us If you want us to reduce the price on Invoicing as it will save you from Custom Duty.
We are not responsible for Custom Clearance or activities involving any Government agencies.
Buyer will pay the return shipping fee
Thank you

Taking a look at the sellers other items, it seems like he sells a lot of signs of "unknown origin" that all have very similar artificial aging.  Hmmm.

https://www.ebay.com/itm/183129757082?

And of course one has to wonder how a Lincoln Telephone sign wound up in Mumbai
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