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vintage castrol motor oil 3d fibreglass sign

S/N:1458

1950s/'60s

  • £175.00
  • €204 Euro
  • $243 US Dollar

United Kingdom

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Castrol were pioneers in motor oil development. At the start of the 20th century when the automobile and aeroplane were rising in popularity, Charles Wakefield saw an opportunity to develop specific lubricants for these new engine types - the addition of Castor oil was the revolutionary element - making the oil thin enough to be effective when the engine was cold at start up and thick enough continue to be effective at high temperatures. From here Castrol was born.

This fibreglass sign dates to the late 1950s/early '60s and, with the fibreglass being more vulnerable than tin / enamel advertising, is a fairly rare survivor. This example has survived the decades in decent condition. There are no notable cracks, though there is a small chip to the 'o' and some surface crazing to the lower part of the 'a'. There are small scuffs and marks across the surface of the piece, a black mark to the upper right and in a raking light there's a line around the outer edge where the surface gloss of the background changes... In my opinion this all adds to the character / vintage charm of the piece.

There's something very appealing about it's bold, simple design and it's 3D format with raised lettering make it all the more eye-catching. An excellent piece of original decor for a mancave / garage etc.

The sign measures 91cm wide x 37cm high x 4cm deep.

Dimensions: 

  • H: 37cm (14.57in)
  • W: 91cm (35.83in)
  • D: 4cm (1.57in)

Period: 

1950s/'60s

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I’m Louis Walpole. Over a decade of working for and alongside some of the best antique dealers in the country at London’s renowned Portobello Road have helped me to form a detailed understanding of, and appreciation for, a diverse array of antiques. In 2016, after ‘dabbling’ in the trade since childhood I decided to follow my heart and (ignoring a myriad of people advising against it) leave my salaried job to trade full time. Since then I have travelled around England and Western Europe collecting the pieces that particularly interest me. These pieces loosely follow the themes of; automotive, advertising, scientific and industrial. I have a select number of items on display in Atlam on Portobello Road. The shop is open Monday to Friday from 10am to 4pm and on Saturdays from 8am to 5pm.

If you would like to view any of my pieces in London, please get in touch to confirm that they’re at the shop or to arrange for me to take them there for you. It may also be possible for me to bring items to your home/bar/garage/pub etc so that they can be fully appreciated in-situ, again please just get in touch and we’ll see what can be organised."

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