Posted 10 years ago
This is a Gargoyle Mobiloil steel 65"x28"x12" shelf unit. I believe it to be circa 1910-1920s. It was found in the basement of my house in a dirt cellar under the porch when I moved in. My house was built in 1929.
It is an advertising display used for shelving oil cans or bottles. The original paint is dark green and has gold san serif lettering that reads on the shelf edges as follows, Gargoyle Mobiloil, The Chart Specifies, The Correct Grades to, Lubricate Your Engine, Transmission and Differential, VACUUM OIL COMPANY.
It is in really nice shape. It would be a perfect piece for an oil can or bottle collector. I have been watching ebay for several years for something like this to come up. The only other shelf for Gargoyle I found was one listed a couple months ago that had 2 doors on each side, with porcelain signs with charts and a place on top for an advertising globe on top, globe was missing. I think it went for a couple of thousand dollars. I want to find out what the age of this unit is and what my shelf might be worth.