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Large influx of minty porcelain signs? Legit? #755015 09/23/2020 3:24 AM
by hofilbert
Recently, I've noticed a large amount of near mint petroliana and other advertising signs with comic characters from the 1960's (Phill66-Jetsons; Conoco-Batman; Texaco-Donld Duck; Indian-half naked babe, etc.) which appear to be a NOS lot from somewhere. They are dated 1962, 63, 66, etc. Most are nearly all mint, with a small chip or 2, but nothing too detracting, The sellers don't seem to have 1 or eve 2 of these signs, but several of the same sign - each with their own distinctive porcelain chips on the edge or corners - nothing bad, but all slightly different. They don't have 1 or 2 mint signs, they are listing 20 different at a time on ebay. One guy is collectortime in Alphretta, GA. Prices aren't bad at low 100+ Does anyone know or have the scoop on these porcelain signs? They seem too cheap, and too nice for 50 yr.old porcelain signs. Your insight is appreciated.
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Re: Large influx of minty porcelain signs? Legit? #755092 Sep 25th a 02:35 AM
by jecos
Originally Posted by hofilbert
So, if these are all "fake" who made them, and when were they made? They are have inconsistent chips and fading. I recall buying an old "HI-PLANE TOBACCO" sign at an auction years ago and the guy had a stack of them....all mint. But, they were original. Just NOS and never used or sent to vendors. Anyone know where these "fake" porcelain sign stuff is coming from and when it was made?

Where are these signs coming from you ask? In some cases a lot of the garbage is coming from overseas - India for example. But the types of signs you posted are manufactured specifically as garage or yard art, or kitchen decor. Here's an example:


Dishonest ebay sellers will treat these types of signs so that they have an aged look (chips, rust, etc) and then sell them to inexperienced buyers.

The responses above represent decades of experience in this hobby. I wouldn't be so quick to dismiss their comments.
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