"The phone is a remarkably complex, simple device, and very rarely ever needs repairs, once you fix them." - Dan/Panther
Started by magicbrain, January 08, 2019, 01:56:03 PM
Quote from: Key2871 on January 08, 2019, 02:37:29 PMI bought one in way better condition, at an antique shop years ago for $50. That's a faaar cry from four hundred with paint spots and seemingly artificial destresing.Ken
Quote from: rfkimba on January 14, 2019, 07:10:00 PMHi Friends, I believe this sign to be real, old and authentic. First Greg states it looks like it has an "identical" pattern to fake 8" signs on Ebay. I asked Greg to post a picture of the sign that has an identical pattern for comparison. The thinner font on this sign does resemble that of repro's. The B in Bell does line up with "Associated" as it should as most repos don't. Enamel defects such as bubbles do occur. I have older signs with these although none with multiple large white bubble defects as this does. The blue rings have defects and don't appear totally uniform in width as if someone shifted the metal stencil during production. I would expect these to be more uniform as I have not seen these defects before. The sellers ebay name is dmr3 and is not on any warning list on the oldgas.com primarily petrolinea forum or on any warning list I've seen on the porcelain sign facebook groups I belong to .I did pose to the seller numerous questions about the signs defects:"1 ) Does this sign have the thick heavy porcelain ledging one would expect from signs in the 1908 to 1921 era or is the surface smooth? 2 ) Does the outside part of the flange encrusted with plaster and dirt(?) enameled in blue and white porcelain or is it unpainted?3 ) The unusually thin font of the lettering ATT and Assoc companies and Bell system makes one a bit suspect of the sign's early originality as repros on the market often have this thin font. Thoughts?4 ) Has there been any touch up or repair of the sign in any way. Other than the multiple white surface porcelain defects on one side are there any other defects to point out?5 ) There is an unusual amount of irregularity in the blue circles around the ATT logo compared to similiar signs of that era. Any thoughts. I do appreciate you clarifying these points."His response was a bit disappointing "his is a good original sign 1905 or sold as is as photoed. Mark Redmond"I respect Mark as I have purchased a number of high quality properly described signs from him . He is a long time phone and porcelain sign collector with much more experience than I .
Quote from: magicbrain on January 08, 2019, 01:56:03 PMhttps://tinyurl.com/ya285yqdAnyone watching this sign on ebay?Seller claims it to be authentic, but looks a bit suspect - Lots of "defects" in the circles around the logo & also in the lettering - anyway too rich for me at current price.
Quote from: Sargeguy on January 16, 2019, 10:57:55 PMIf Mark is selling it as legit I would be inclined to trust his judgement. Here is a picture of one I sold a while back for comparison.