DUBLIN, Ohio — A round McColl-Frontenac Products double-sided porcelain petroliana sign with “Red Indian” logo, rated Near Mint at 9.5 out of 10 for condition, sold for $11,550 at a Check the Oil auction held June 22 by Matthews Auctions, based in Nokomis, Ill. The auction was conducted on the second day of the Check the Oil, Gas & Oil Show, held annually in Dublin.
The glossy sign, 36 inches in diameter with vibrant color and a clean field, was marked
Vilas Enamel Products. It was the top achiever of the nearly 500 petroliana and automobilia lots. (All prices include a 10 percent buyer’s premium.)
The runner-up top lot was a Harbor Petroleum Products double-sided porcelain die-cut sign with sea plane graphics, 39 inches by 35 inches. Rated 7 on one side and 6.5 on the other, the sign fetched $8,250.
Two lots realized identical prices of $7,700. One was a Sinclair Aircraft double-sided porcelain sign with single-engine airplane graphics, rated 8, 48 inches in diameter, in fine shape except for a hole drilled into the sign’s center. The other was a pair of Reliable Premium Regular 13 1/2 inch lenses, rated 9.5, set in the original Capco globe body.
The star of the Mobil lots was an original Mobiloil “D” single-sided porcelain sign (“Recommended For All Motor Cycle Engines”), rated 9, with Gargoyle logo. It hammered for $4,125. “There are a lot of fakes of this sign, but they’re square and that’s how you can tell,” Matthews said. “This sign was real and rectangular.”
A Mobilgas Diesel single-sided porcelain shield-shaped sign, 12 inches by 12 inches, dated 1956 and marked “Made in the USA,” (rated 9) found a new owner for $3,300; and a Mobil Aircraft single-sided shield-shaped sign with Pegasus graphic, also 12 inches by 12 inches, dated 1947 (graded 9.5), breezed to $2,475.
A Standard Oil of Indiana “Clean Rest Room Award” double-sided porcelain die-cut sign, 51 inches by 15 inches and rated 9 with just some small chips around the perimeter, knocked down $3,850; and a Shell Motor Oil double-sided porcelain sign in a strap base, 24 inches by 24 inches, rated 9 on both sides, rose to $4,400.
A Gilmore Lion Head Motor Oil (“Look – The Most Highly Filtered Motor Oil in America”) single-sided tin sign, rated 7 with some fading and rust spots hit $3,575.
A Sphinx Benzin Vacuum Oil Company porcelain flange sign with curb gas pump and globe graphics, rated 9 and 8.9, 16 inches by 30 inches, made $2,750.
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