Double-sided john bull tyres enamel sign



  • £525.00
  • €604 Euro
  • $597 US Dollar

United Kingdom

Hoarde Vintage Member since 2016
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In 1934 Leicester Rubber Co changed its name to John Bull Rubber Company and the John Bull heavy tread car tyre was launched to supplement the manufacture and sales of motor and motorcycle tyres and accessories. The company enjoyed a successful couple of decades until their acquisition by Dunlop in 1959.

From the mid-'30s through the 1940s John Bull produced a limited, but iconic range of enamel advertising almost always with a vibrant orange background and a small pictorial of their John Bull character Trade Mark wearing his Union Jack waistcoat.

Here we have a double-sided, 'diamond' shaped example which likely to date to the 1940s and has survived in very good condition. One side is particuarly excellent with a good surface gloss, vibrant orange background, minimal wear and good detail to the Trade Mark pictorial. The otherside still retians good colour and gloss, though the black enamel layer has detriorated slightly which is noticable in the lettering and the trade mark. Both sides remain fully legible with minimal losses, though there is minor corrosion around the outer edges and an additional mounting hole to one of the side corners. One original iron hanging loop remains in place and the stud / rivet for the other is still there though the loop is missing. Depending on how you wanted to display the piece a bit of wire could be secured around the stud to replace the missing loop (I used fishing wire in this way for the photographs) or the studs could be drilled out and the sign hung from the resulting holes.

The sign measures 40cm x 40cm .


  • H: 40cm (15.75in)
  • W: 40cm (15.75in)
  • D: 0.2cm (0.08in)



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111 Portobello Road
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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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