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Round vintage castrol motor oil tin sign

S/N:0918

1950s

United Kingdom

Hoarde Vintage Member since 2016
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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 lithographically printed tin sign dates to the late '50s/early '60s and, with the tin signs being more vulnerable than their enamel counterparts, is a fairly rare survivor. Decades of exposure to the elements has caused the surface corrosion to the metal resulting in a speckling across the surface and a muting of the colours... In my opinion this adds to the vintage charm / appeal of the piece, giving it the sort of look that simply can't be replicated but please see the angled / close-up photos for a better understanding of what the surface of the sign looks like. Aside from the weathering, the sign is generally clean / straight and can be hung using it's original mounting holes.

The sign measures 60cm in diameter.

Dimensions: 

  • H: 60cm (23.62in)
  • W: 60cm (23.62in)
  • D: 0.2cm (0.08in)

Period: 

1950s

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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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