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So many signs from India

Posted By: LynnB

So many signs from India - Wed Sep 14 2016 02:53 PM

I am new to the forum. I am getting ready to build a workshop that will hopefully look like a 1940's Sinclair station. I don't want to go nuts on the signage, but would like just a few AUTHENTIC period pieces. I have a really nice (nice to someone who can restore them... relative word, I know) set of Alemite cabinets and work bench that came from a Sinclair station in Springfield MO.

So, I am looking at signs etc. on ebay. Notice a huge cache from sellers either from India, or having them shipped from India. Having a hard time believing there is such a glut of real, signs, almost all with bullet holes and rust, in India.

Asked an ebay seller about this one: Sinclair sign on ebay

Seller is -trashcollector2016.

When I asked him if it was authentic, his only response was; "if i get it certified will you buy it from me?"

That is a huge red flag for me. I must ASSUME there are crooked guys out there that will "certify" whatever you want for a fee?

Am I correct? I am new to signage, and gas stuff, but seasoned in the muscle car scene, where the MAJORITY of "original real deal" cars are made up with fake trim tags, faked engine stamps and even fake docs, like window stickers, dealer purchase docs etc.
Posted By: Steven C.

Re: So many signs from India - Wed Sep 14 2016 02:57 PM

Be afraid!! Be very afraid!
Just kidding of course. But yes, you have to be careful. If I'm not sure, I don't buy anything without first vetting it here on Oldgas.


Posted By: SandPCollector

Re: So many signs from India - Wed Sep 14 2016 08:01 PM

Lynn, Welcome to Oldgas. As Steve said be VERY wary about signs coming out of India. The list of eBay sellers on the link is ever growing, so do not assume it is complete. Check the sellers completed listings, if the seller has sold multiples of the same sign that screams repop. Good luck in your quest!
Posted By: DWSheffer

Re: So many signs from India - Wed Sep 14 2016 08:21 PM

I personally would avoid ANYTHING out of India.....furthermore, why fund these jokers taking our hobby down the tubes with their reproductions?
Posted By: JimT

Re: So many signs from India - Wed Sep 14 2016 11:14 PM

The Sinclair sign you asked Trashcollector about is trash.
Posted By: AntiqueAd

Re: So many signs from India - Fri Sep 23 2016 12:49 PM

Like Steve Said, gotta run it by other members or buy from someone you can really trust either dealer or auctioneer
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