Very Rare Early 1900s Vintage Neon Porcelain Clam Shell Oil Sign
A rare original porcelain Shell oil double sided on wheels neon sign for Shell Oil company from the very early 1900s. One of the first clam shell signs with neon both sides ever created and surviving. This vintage sign is a clam shell shaped porcelain enamel double sided sign in classic Shell yellow and red color scheme. This 42" die cut retro sign includes a custom lollipop stand handcrafted from solid wrought iron by our master blacksmiths and includes all new energy efficient neon lighting on both sides. This vintage sign stands a little over 9 feet with a 34" diameter base. This customized vintage sign is available from Scottsdale Art Factory. All retro neon signs are genuine authentic memorabilia in original condition.
Condition - as is, see photos - not restored, and not a reproduction exception all neon is new done to original craft historically correct
Dimensions - 9' 2" T x 42" W
More About The Porcelain Condition - Most of these signs have chips in the porcelain and there is no correct way to add new porcelain in a manor that would be consistent with a full museum quality restoration. Also in the investor collector world there are two schools of thought. One is consistent with ours that it is best and correct to display the wounds, bullet holes etc and age marks, chips etc. on porcelain signs. The other is to doctor with paint finishes to cover the true condition of the porcelain to make the sign show in pristine condition. This is like putting lipstick on a pig no matter what you do its still a pig. We feel the porcelain sign has much more value in its true condition than it does doctored. however if you are of the school of thought that your sign should be in pristine condition we offer to do this process at your request.
Antique sign for Shell manufactured by the Royal Dutch Shell Company founded in 1907 from the merger of rival companies Royal Dutch Petroleum and Shell Transport and Trading Company Ltd. in order to establish themselves as a global competitor of Standard Oil. The SHELL name and logo was used by the Shell Transport and Trading Company because the founder's father started an inport business in 1833 selling seashells to London collectors. The scalloped clam shell shaped logo was used since 1907 and the yellow and red colors were used early 20th century . Shell entered the US market in 1912, was serving all 48 continental states by 1929, and continues to this day selling gasoline worldwide.
Vintage Sign Specifications:
- Type - Double sided porcelain neon sign
- Company - Royal Dutch Shell Company
- Product - Shell Gasoline
- Era - 1900s
- Color - Yellow and red
- Dimensions - 9' 2" Tall x 42" Wide x 5" Deep (base 34" diameter)
- Condition - Original, as-is, see photos for details
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