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TEXACO FIRE CHIEF PUMP PLATE
#604911 Mon Mar 23 2015 05:18 AM
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I am going to an petroliana auction on Saturday and there is a fire chief plate. How can I ensure it is a real one. Beside the obvious. I figured out the sky chief and got a real one but the fire chief ones deceiving. it there certain date to shy away from. I would not buy one with the date conveniently rusted away. Is there any markings or font mistakes? I searched on here and studied pictures of known reproductions but need more expert help on this. Thanks, still learning some basics too costly to buy fakes. Here is a pix of it.

Jim

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MORE RUST #604917 Mon Mar 23 2015 06:28 AM
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...it's real...


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Re: TEXACO FIRE CHIEF PUMP PLATE
gulfiend! #604918 Mon Mar 23 2015 06:34 AM
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Most of the reproductions are dated 1990 and have a green colored back, if I remember right? They are also a lot more flimsy. You can tell right away when holding one.


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Re: TEXACO FIRE CHIEF PUMP PLATE
gulfiend! #604919 Mon Mar 23 2015 06:35 AM
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Mark is right,it looks real. Most repops are dated 1980s and 90s.Also from 1940ish on there is no black around the T in the star.Heres a new reproduction from Vics 66.

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Keystone Gas Man #604945 Mon Mar 23 2015 10:31 AM
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Thanks so much guys!

Jim

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MORE RUST #605009 Mon Mar 23 2015 05:46 PM
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Here is a picture of a 1990's repro. As stated black around the T.

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60wayne #605010 Mon Mar 23 2015 05:49 PM
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Here are two real ones on the right and a 90's repro on the left. The repro has a white back, real ones can have white or greenish.

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60wayne #605012 Mon Mar 23 2015 05:52 PM
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There are other repro's that are easy to spot because they are tin and a smaller size.

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Any sign you are considering, look down at the bottom, if either the bottom right or left is chipped away, this is good giveaway someone has take a repro sign and hammered away on the corners where the date is to make you think it is old.

Never buy a sign where the bottom of the sign is chipped away, it was probably done yesterday.

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Jack Sim #605095 Tue Mar 24 2015 05:02 AM
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Originally Posted By: Jack Sim
Any sign you are considering, look down at the bottom, if either the bottom right or left is chipped away, this is good giveaway someone has take a repro sign and hammered away on the corners where the date is to make you think it is old.

Never buy a sign where the bottom of the sign is chipped away, it was probably done yesterday.

Jack Sim

I disagree.
While damage along a lower edge can be a warning sign, it certainly doesn't mean all signs with lower edge damage are repros.


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Lastgas15 #605132 Tue Mar 24 2015 08:56 AM
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Gas Pump Heavens also reproduces them. Its printed along the bottom of the plate. And they're easy to tell even if the text across the bottom has been removed. They are noticeably heavier than original plates.

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wolf1980 #606129 Mon Mar 30 2015 08:43 AM
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I went to the auction and won it. Thanks everyone for the help.

Jim


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