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Cleveland guaranteed double-sided enamel sign

S/N:1512

1920s

  • £390.00
  • €455 Euro
  • $533 US Dollar

United Kingdom

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A lovely piece of early, English automobilia - this 'Cleveland Guaranteed' double-sided enamel sign can be dated to the 1920s and the increasing use of the automobile. Cleveland Petroleum Products Co was formed in 1920 and was registered for the storage and distribution of petroleum fuels. In 1938 the Anglo-American Oil Co. acquired a major interest in Cleveland Products and by 1951 they were incorporated into Esso Petroleum Co.

This particular sign dates between the company's formation in 1920 and 1934 when Distillers Co granted permission to use their trademark 'Discol' on Cleveland's advertising. After this Cleveland's enamel advertising adopted a new logo, a blue background and the 'Discol' trademark. This sign is beautifully simple in it's design - bright white, stylised lettering contrasts against a glossy black background and you can imagine it would have sat well alongside the glossy coachwork and sweeping lines of the early cars that would've been filling up with Cleveland's products.

Despite it's age this piece remains in fairly good condition; each side has some patches of enamel loss and some surface scratching but this is all part of the character / charm of an original piece of signage and nothing that impacts the legibility of the piece. There is a slight crease to the base metal which can be seen in the angled / reflection photographs, but it still displays well and hangs reasonably flat.

The sign measures 76.5cm wide x 45.5cm high and it can by hung using it's original mounting holes.

Dimensions: 

  • H: 45.5cm (17.91in)
  • W: 76.5cm (30.12in)
  • D: 0.2cm (0.08in)

Period: 

1920s

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