Posted 3 years ago
This flange sign was put up twice in 10-day eBay auctions with high a starting price, on which nobody bid during 20 days. Shortly after the second auction ended, I sent seller a note with an offer. Accepted. Snagged for a good bit under VG value as listed in the earlycoke.com price guide.
I was glad to see a thick layer of grime covered the whole sign. This is usually a good indication that a piece has been sitting in an attic or basement for years. Those Pickers fellas call it "Farm Fresh". Antiques Roadshow appraisers refer to it as "New to The Market". Hoo-rah. There's nothing quite like polishing up a filthy, old tin sign and watching the original paint come back to life. (Soft cloth dampened with warm water. Check a small area near the edge to be sure paint doesn't come off. Wipe lightly. May take several passes to remove all the dirt.)
This sign, 17-3/4" diameter and marked Robertson 9-54, is a rough beauty. But it is an uncommon flange version and provides a nice balance to my mint 1951 version on opposite wall.