750 gas pumps and globes, vintage signs on auction docket

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This Boyce Moto Meter authorized service station tin flange sign with an image of young woman in Art Deco attire is lithographed on both and is among the items going to auction in early April | Morophy Auctions photos

Nearly 750 lots of gas pumps, globes, advertising signs and more will be up for bidding April 3 when Morphy’s stages its Automobilia & Petroliana Auction in Denver, Pennsylvania.

“There are many signs in this sale that would be hard to improve upon,” Morophy’s head John Mihovetz said in the company’s news release. “They would be considered upgrades for even the finest of known private collections.”

A case in point, the auction house said, is a double-sided Shell Motor Oil die-cut sign dated 1931.

1931 Shell Motor Oil die-cut sign is marked ‘Tennessee Enamel’

“With strong crimson and orange coloration and only minor edge wear, the 23 by 23½-inch clamshell-shape sign is rated a solid 9.5 out of 10.”

The sign has a pre-sale estimated value of $3,500 to $5,000.

Another example would be a double-sided die-cut porcelain sign for Morris Trucks with a head-on view of a radiator emblazoned with the slogan “Buy British and be proud of it.” 

“Displaying excellent color and gloss, it is one of the best examples of its type that Morphy’s team of experts has ever seen” the company said, noting a pre-sale estimate of $3,000 to $5,000.

“The high-octane selection includes many entries from collections that were established back when petroleum-related items in pristine condition were much easier to find.”

Among the higher-priced items in the sale are a 75½ X 40½ Ford V8 porcelain dealership sign designed as two parts that fit together and a Boyce Moto Meter Authorized Service Station tin flange sign. The Ford and Moto Meter signs are valued at $15,000 to $25,000 each, as is a double-sided die-cut tin flange sing for Pennsylvania Oilproof Vacuum Cup Tires.

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Double-sided die-cut porcelain sign for Morris Trucks ,with radiator emblazoned with slogan ‘Buy British and be proud of it.’

The auction also includes 85 gas globes.

For more information, visit the Morphy Auctions website.

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A former daily newspaper sports editor, Larry Edsall spent a dozen years as an editor at AutoWeek magazine before making the transition to writing for the web and becoming the author of more than 15 automotive books. In addition to being founding editor at ClassicCars.com, Larry has written for The New York Times and The Detroit News and was an adjunct honors professor at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University.

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