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Mobil Vacuum Sign Thoughts
#379903 Sat Dec 22 2012 04:03 PM
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Looking into this Mobil Vacuum sign. This one pictured just sold on Ebay. Can anyone tell me about this sign. Not interested in a value, more intersted in time period etc.

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Re: Mobil Vacuum Sign Thoughts
bagged1961 #379912 Sat Dec 22 2012 04:41 PM
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If I am remembering correctly this can dates from around 1900-1910 or 1915. then they switched the label and had the mobiloil above the A and moved the gargoyle to the top and made him red. This style can is the second of 3 styles of gargoyles i've seen used. 1st was the very rare front facing gargoyle. Then the style pictured here and 3rd the most common red gargoyle.

Here is a picture of 2 of the styles of gargoyle quart cans here. sorry no front facing gargoyle for me 5 quart has the only one I have ever seen. maybe he can post a pic of his. The cans are on the middle shelf 2nd & 3rd from right.



If any of my info is wrong please feel free to correct me my dates could be off?


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nochevys #379926 Sat Dec 22 2012 05:25 PM
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Thanks for the info. I purchased this sign and then one turned up for sale in India. Just want to make sure they aren't making ***** box India fantasy signs of this as well

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bagged1961 #379927 Sat Dec 22 2012 05:26 PM
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I didn't realize this sign was that early

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bagged1961 #379972 Sat Dec 22 2012 06:35 PM
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That may be a foreign sign. Looks like Vacuum Oil Company Ltd. on can.


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Re: Mobil Vacuum Sign Thoughts
MetroPetro #379973 Sat Dec 22 2012 06:44 PM
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That's what I am thinking the sign has great detail on the can. It is a vacuum oil ltd on the can

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Re: Mobil Vacuum Sign Thoughts
bagged1961 #380002 Sat Dec 22 2012 08:12 PM
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vacuum LTD is a foreign sign.


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nochevys #380013 Sat Dec 22 2012 08:46 PM
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I was thinking I've noticed lots of times early English signs have that shadowing (or 3d effect) to the lettering before I got to the reply wondering if it was foreign. Really was a nice sign at one time.

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Re: Mobil Vacuum Sign Thoughts
JimT #380027 Sat Dec 22 2012 09:58 PM
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As more catch on to the KRAPPPP coming out of India, they will be Distressing signs more & MORE to APPEAR OLDER.

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Dick Bennett #380035 Sun Dec 23 2012 01:13 AM
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I am sure my sign is an original sign from the foreign market. I just got on the eBay and there is one that is almost too good to be true. Just want the opinion of the experts on my sign to ease my thoughts.

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The one on ebay just sold for 600 which was a bargain!
The seller was from India BUT I think the sign was actually right...

mobil flange from India

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tomzcollectiblez #380046 Sun Dec 23 2012 06:34 AM
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Yeah that seemed to be a good deal. Heck I paid half that in a lot worse shape but oh we'll it looks good on the wall.

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bagged1961 #380047 Sun Dec 23 2012 06:36 AM
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Sad thing is that you could take the most legit item just as that sign and sell it out of India and even though its legit, the fact it is in India would scare most people off

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Seth,
I had this sign and I believe that it is an original European sign.
Dan

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dgklink #380053 Sun Dec 23 2012 07:04 AM
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Everyone thanks for all the info. Puts my mind at ease.

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