A 'Dragonfly - Motor Oils and Greases' Enamel Sign

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A 'Dragonfly - Motor Oils and Greases' Enamel Sign

LJW ANTIQUES
A real rarity and an absolute beauty; this 'Dragonfly - Motor Oils and Greases' enamel sign is a particularly special piece of enamel automobilia.

R. D. Nicol & Co. Ltd were a Sheffield based oils, lubricants and greases manufacturer who sold a number of products under their 'Dragonfly' brand. The few examples of this sign that can be found online are generally dated to the 1910s/'20s, though R. D. Nicol and their various Dragonfly products are mentioned in a 1939 list of UK Aircraft Industry Suppliers so it's more likely that the sign is from the 1920s/'30s. It was produced by Hancock Corfield and Waller Ltd. - the firm was originally established in Bermondsey in 1891 and are a fairly uncommon manufacturer.

The beauty of this sign lies in the wonderful typography and most of all the splendid Dragonfly graphic that sits behind the lettering in the upper right corner of the sign which has a level of detail only found in earlier signage from more obscure manufacturers.

Obviously the condition leaves a little to be desired, though as so few examples come on to the market collectors can't always be too fussy - unfortunately this piece has a fold line down the left side which, although now flattened out, has enamel loss along the length of it and a mid sized hole toward the top of it. There's also some metal and enamel loss along the upper and lower edges. Mercifully, the Dragonfly graphic is largely unaffected and the sign retains good bright colours and a reasonable level of gloss (though it's a little 'mottled' in some areas.

The sign measures 153cm (5ft) wide x 91.5cm (3ft) high. It has been mounted to a simple wooden frame for added rigidity and ease of hanging which gives the piece around 2cm depth. It can be hung from the attached mirror plates or removed from the frame and hung directly using the original mounting holes.

Dimensions: 

  • H: 91.5cm (36.02in)
  • W: 153cm (60.24in)
  • D: 2cm (0.79in)

Period: 

1920s/'30s

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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 the 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 at Atlam on Portobello Road, London.  The shop is open Monday to Friday from 10am to 4pm and 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 are 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 they can be fully appreciated in-situ.  Again please just get in touch and we will see what can be organised.

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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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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."

- See more at: http://www.thehoarde.com/dealers/ljw-antiques#sthash.MIVBs6eI.dpuf

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