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1930s Pennzoil "Be Oil Wise" Owls Paper Tray
#764702 Thu Jun 10 2021 08:37 PM
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Hello there. I have been doing some research into this vintage piece, but I think I have exhausted Google. So far I believe this is one of a set of Pennzoil "Be Oil Wise" garage/desk items from the 1930s. It is heavy, about 3 lbs, made of bronze/copper colored metal. The tray is Art Deco style with the three Pennzoil owls and the motto "Be Oil Wise." The bottom is covered in green felt. It definitely has age and wear, but is in overall good condition. I have dusted it but I didn't want to damage the finish, so I have left the patina and kept it free of any cleaning products.
Measurements: approximately 7" long, 4" wide, 1 1/2" tall (tray) and 4" tall (owls).

Any ideas on value or simply more information would be much appreciated, thank you.
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Re: 1930s Pennzoil "Be Oil Wise" Owls Paper Tray
FlyinJenny #764723 Fri Jun 11 2021 07:26 AM
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cool piece, .. ... cool

value: IMO - in the 300. neighborhood


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Re: 1930s Pennzoil "Be Oil Wise" Owls Paper Tray
advertologist #764731 Fri Jun 11 2021 11:42 AM
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Thank you so much for the information. It is pretty cool, I love that it's so solid and heavy--you'd never see that today. I wonder if it held a reciept book, maybe?

Re: 1930s Pennzoil "Be Oil Wise" Owls Paper Tray
FlyinJenny #764735 Fri Jun 11 2021 01:51 PM
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I picture that on the CEO'S desk with single 4 X 7 sheets

of paper for a quick reference note ?, possibly given too

there top acct. consumers - one seldom seen .. ... cool

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Re: 1930s Pennzoil "Be Oil Wise" Owls Paper Tray
FlyinJenny #764796 Sun Jun 13 2021 07:14 PM
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Yes, Randy, definitely for note paper. I've had this item in my little collection in the past. Mine still had a number of old, yellowed pieces of note paper still in it. John

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