Author Topic: Is this shiny "1908" Canadian (English version) a reproduction?  (Read 257 times)

Offline rfkimba

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Hi Collectors,
I received this shiny 11x11.75" porcelain sign from a well known collector and retailer for $250. My goal was to upgrade a lesser condition version mounted on my wall purchased from Ebay 18 months ago. When it arrived I noted 3 discrepancies I can't reconcile with my "1908 Canadian (English version) which is also pictured by Greg in Bell System Sign Types. A Collector's Guide  to Antique Porcelain Enamel Telephone Signs V3 by Bob Alexander p 46 shows the sign indicating it was made into the early 1940's. It is not listed as an English lettered Canadian as Greg has it listed. The three discrepancies in the new arrival are: 1) No discernable  porcelain ledging at all ;2) Font for Public Telephone is slightly smaller than my older porcelain ledged version; 3) Extra mounting hole is in the upper right corner on the opposite side of the flange unlike  my earlier version that lacks any accessory holes or the flange side positioning of the hole in Greg's photo.
I fail to see how a sign made into the 40's would have NO porcelain ledging . However it clearly is covered by porcelain layers. My earlier version and the better condition replacement both are about 2mm thick.   
Is this a reproduction?
Bob Farber

Offline Jim Stettler

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Re: Is this shiny "1908" Canadian (English version) a reproduction?
« Reply #1 on: February 06, 2018, 05:36:44 PM »
There may be some  differences on old signs depending on  the company that made it.
Just a guess though,

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Offline Sargeguy

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Re: Is this shiny "1908" Canadian (English version) a reproduction?
« Reply #2 on: February 20, 2018, 09:55:05 PM »
Looks legit to me.  Probably different manufacturers as Jim S. said
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