A bright, mid-sized pratts enamel sign


Margate, England

Hoarde Vintage Member since 2016
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This vibrant Pratt's enamel sign is a lovely example of early English automobilia. A petrol, or as it was more pleasingly termed at the time 'motor spirit', company that was formed in the late 19th century - Pratt's were amongst the founding father's of motoring.

This particular sign was produced by the Imperial Enamel Co, Birmingham and probably dates to the 1920s. The Anglo-American Oil Co. who owned Pratt's changed the company's name to Esso in 1935.

The condition of this sign is generally very good, the colours remain very vibrant and the surface retains a good gloss... There are some patches of enamel loss around the edges and a small, vertical line of enamel loss near the lower right corner.

The sign measures 92cm wide x 61cm high which would generally be considered 'mid-sized' and a very practical option for home interiors/sheds/bars etc.


  • H: 61cm (24.02in)
  • W: 92cm (36.22in)
  • D: 0.2cm (0.08in)



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Margate, England

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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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