I believe that wes hagues evinrude sign and the one that is pictured from ebay are 100% fakes.
these signs were made in texas and distributed mainly through ebay. ive heard the name dave justice linked to these signs. seller accounts change rapidly and usually don't aquire too many feedbacks until they open up another account. seller locations are Midwest, out west, USA and a few other vague locations. the return address on the packaging will be a PO box from las vegas. I have been burned twice by these forgers.
the evinrude script has been transported from another sign where the other sign wanted the font to have depth and distance, like the cardboard sign in the picture....or a photo was taken of another sign where the photographer was not standing directly perpendicular to the sign. the evinrude script font was then stretched and fitted into the space allotted on the signs in question. this gives the screwed up font.
the chip are struck with an energized electrode or welding tip to give the illusion of heavy scaling or depth in the chips. wes, if you look closely at the chips you find small boogers on the bare metal.
after cleaning the sign the chipped area was easy to return to fresh new steel.....not easily done on a sign that has been in the whether for 50 years.
the evinrude sign from ebay isn't even squared up with the design. the distance between the edge of the sign and the top of the letters is not consistant.
same goofy corrosion on both signs.......on all their signs, couple days old at best.
I believe a lot of the smaller signs, thermometers, plate toppers and flange signs are made from cannibilizing junk signs. I had one of their porcelain flange signs in my hand. the guage of metal used for the sign was too light for a porcelain flange sign. the porcelain larro feed flange sign on ebay right now is a fake. and the seller id....just as I stated has minimal feedback and will go away in a month or so.http://www.ebay.com/itm/Old-General-Mill...=item3cea6be410
if kieth siegel (57tbird) or mark elmore (gulfiend) are talking about fake signs and you are lucky enough to be within ears distance.....I would take notes and listen up. the years spent in the hobby, the amount of money you spend at auctions, or the number of signs you have on your wall is not a substitute for the passion and knowledge these guys give to the hobby.