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Sargent Sowell pedestal #734027
Sat Aug 10 2019 02:05 PM
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I found this in the woods

Anyone have any information on it? Years made? Signs it was likely used for?

Thanks!

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Re: Sargent Sowell pedestal [Re: IndianAndrew] #734028
Sat Aug 10 2019 02:25 PM
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Sa-So sells lots of supplies/equip for LEO, EMT, FD. Could have been portable traffic sign of some time. But that's just a guess based on their customer base.

Re: Sargent Sowell pedestal [Re: IndianAndrew] #734059
Sun Aug 11 2019 11:56 AM
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I believe they also made traffic signals.

Re: Sargent Sowell pedestal [Re: IndianAndrew] #734129
Mon Aug 12 2019 11:38 AM
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I sent an email to Sargent - Sowell to see if they could provide any info. For those interested. Below is the company presidents reply

Thanks for reaching out. It is always fun to hear about some old product being found or used somewhere out there! SA-SO (or Sargent Sowell) has been in business since 1948, so there is some history there for sure.

Unfortunately, I don’t think your discovery is quite on par with finding a buried treasure. I’m not even sure it is really that old. That is an 18” cast iron pedestal base. It basically serves as a heavy base for portable signage, so wind or casual contact doesn’t knock the sign over. A product like that might be used at an outdoor fair or a convention center to direct people at an event. Usually a 12 x 18” sign is mounted to it.

We still sell that product, but it is no longer cast with the Sargent Sowell name. We’ve got a guy who started working here in 1993, and he remembers selling the product pictured for a short while. We also have some history of private label things being made starting in the 1970’s.

So if I had to guess at an age of your discovery, it would be somewhere between the late 70’s and early 90’s.

Now, if you want to embellish the story, you can interpret it as the 1870’s to the 1890’s—just don’t ask me to swear to it!

Thanks for your interest.

Joe

Re: Sargent Sowell pedestal [Re: IndianAndrew] #734134
Mon Aug 12 2019 01:39 PM
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Well, there's a reality check for us all! Company president, Joe, has a pretty good sense of humor. Thanks for sharing. John

Re: Sargent Sowell pedestal [Re: IndianAndrew] #734139
Mon Aug 12 2019 02:20 PM
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Very cool of him to respond at all... gives me hope that there are still some decent people out there.


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