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Castrol Malcolm Campbell porcelain sign #462404
Wed Sep 11 2013 02:54 AM
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I came across this Castrol sign today and am curious if anyone knows when the sign was marketed by Castrol and how rare it might be.

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Re: Castrol Malcolm Campbell porcelain sign [Re: SKomatinsky] #462407
Wed Sep 11 2013 03:56 AM
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I'm guessing around 1995 or after


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Re: Castrol Malcolm Campbell porcelain sign [Re: KZ1000] #462473
Wed Sep 11 2013 09:29 AM
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IMO That sign is one of the new fantasy signs that have been showing up on ebay recently. All of these new signs have high graphics and desirable themes. Autos, planes ect. I don't know what company is producing them but Castrol oil had nothing to do with this sign.

Re: Castrol Malcolm Campbell porcelain sign [Re: ddkinsey] #462478
Wed Sep 11 2013 09:46 AM
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No its not a fantasy sign as it was found at a distributor that had other original Castrol signs.

Re: Castrol Malcolm Campbell porcelain sign [Re: SKomatinsky] #462481
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what is the size?

Re: Castrol Malcolm Campbell porcelain sign [Re: ddkinsey] #462489
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Doesn't look right to me. I'm sure even oil distributors have owned repro signs....given to them by customers, ect...


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Re: Castrol Malcolm Campbell porcelain sign [Re: Dave's Garage] #462493
Wed Sep 11 2013 11:10 AM
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IMO
Very few if any companies made short term adv signs in porcelain, let alone enamel/painted. Just like oil cans were printed like newspapers, short time use.
Originally Posted By: Dave
I'm sure even oil distributors have owned repro signs....given to them by customers, ect

Just like the rest of us receiving items from friends "I thought you'd like this for your collection".

Re: Castrol Malcolm Campbell porcelain sign [Re: Dave's Garage] #462494
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The sign is a fantasy...

The Castrol name is not even correct on the sign...

When Sir Malcom Campbell set the World's Land And Water Speed Records, 9 times between 1924-1935...He was sponsored by: The Wakefield Castrol Motor Oil Company (Wakefield was the Company Founder's last name and he worked for Vacuum Oil before starting his Company)... The Company name was not shortened to "Castrol" until 1960... 12 years after Sir Malcom died...

http://www.bp.com/en/global/corporate/about-bp/our-history/history-of-castrol.html

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Re: Castrol Malcolm Campbell porcelain sign [Re: Bob Richards] #462576
Wed Sep 11 2013 04:50 PM
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fantasy sign for sure from the 1980's made by Garnier in London( company is now called stocksigns ) they are making vintage signs in porcelain for quite a time and also provide signs for the undergound

here is a quote from a great english forum about porcelain signs

"You will soon get to recognise most of the modern and reproduction enamels produced by Garnier in the ‘80s & 90’s. Manufactured in vitreous enamel, using similar materials and processes to the original enamel signs, a large range of signs were made by them, a small number of which were quite faithful reproductions of the original signs, such as their ‘Bovril/makes contented cooks’, ‘Huntley & Palmers/Ginger Nuts’, ‘Rajah/Cigars’ and their ‘Rinso’ sign. Generally though, these can be identified by smaller sizes, black backs, fixing holes set further away from the edges of the sign than the originals, thin enamel, screen printing half-tones rather than the much more delicate lithographic printed originals. Some also have design variations from the originals, such as the price on the undersized ‘Black Cat’ sign."

and the original link : http://www.oldshopstuff.com/Forum/tabid/1803/aft/198/Default.aspx

here is some from worthpoint : http://www.worthpoint.com/worthopedia/1980s-large-campbell-breaks-world-254097326

http://www.worthpoint.com/worthopedia/malcolm-campbell-bluebird-world-245332315

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Re: Castrol Malcolm Campbell porcelain sign [Re: Nucky] #462585
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John,

Thanks for the clarification. Looks like it was based on original poster artwork of NF Humphries from 1928. Hoping it was an original sign, but I didn't pay anything for it so no losses on my end.

I am impressed, in person it is a damn nice sign with the weight to it.


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