Charming, early batteries tin sign



  • £260.00
  • €307 Euro
  • $315 US Dollar

United Kingdom

Hoarde Vintage Member since 2016
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This lithographically printed tin 'Batteries' sign is a lovely and rare piece of early automobilia that's also a fantastically decorative in it's own right...

The sign's made from two parts joined in the middle with a tightly folded overlap and is marked in the lower right; "Metal Sign No. 82E"... I think that this would have originally formed the lower part of an Exide or Drydex Batteries advertisement - the colour-ways and typography seem in keeping but I can't find any examples or references to this, perhaps it was a different, lesser known brand.

From the styling and manufacture I suspect that this piece dates to the late '20s/'30s and given the vulnerability of the tin signs compared to their enamel counter parts it's survived the decades well. This almost definitely hung in a car garage and the years of oil, grease and exhaust fumes have lead to some staining / discolouring mainly around the left side... There's also some surface corrosion, scratches and some light creasing (see the last photo where I've tried to show this) but in my opinion all of this adds to the character and vintage charm of the piece. The typography is wonderfully 'of the period' and the colour-way beautifully warm.

An excellent piece of industrial decor - this sign can be hung using it's original mounting holes and measures 108.5cm wide x 37.5cm high.


  • H: 37.5cm (14.76in)
  • W: 108.5cm (42.72in)
  • D: 0.2cm (0.08in)



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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.

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