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I am looking to get some information regarding the value of a porcelain sign.  What do I need to give you?  Thanks - Gary

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Hi Gary,

It's pretty simple really, all I need to determine the value is usually going to be a picture of the sign, so that I can see what sign you actually have and what condition it is in. It's always helpful if you can include the dimensions of the sign as well as pictures of both sides and close-ups of any damaged areas.

Vintage porcelain signs can be very valuable.  People often ask if I can just give a "ballpark value" for a sign in mint condition, but it doesn't do anyone any good if I'm thinking of a certain Texaco sign, and you actually have a different one. Similarly, just giving someone a "mint value" or "ballpark" price for porcelain signs can be misleading as some signs are very rare in mint condition, but common in poorer conditions, which would have a high "mint" value but a much lower value in a lesser condition. Meanwhile a sign that exists with many high grade examples already known, will be worth very little to almost nothing if it's in bad shape.  As a porcelain sign collector Iíve seen just about everything, but I still do need pictures just to make sure we are on the same page.

Once you send along some pictures, I'll be happy to help you determine the value!

Thanks,
Dale Fenton

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I can answer your questions about the history of many popular antique advertising brands such as Coca-Cola, Pepsi, Tobacco Brands, Petroliana (Gas, Oil, and Automotive Items), Breweriana (Beer and Brewing Items), Barbershop Items, as well as other areas. I can also help with determining approximate values of your items. I know how to identify fakes, reproductions, and fantasy items for Antique Advertising items such as tins, posters, signs, displays, trays, mugs, clocks, and much more. Even with my experience I don't know everything, but if I'm stumped I can usually refer you to someone who does know about whatever it is.

Experience

I am a full time dealer working in Antique Advertising every day. I run the website http://advertisingantiques.com which I built and maintain. I attend many shows, auctions, and other events related to Advertising Antiques and I know many other dealers and collectors interested in these items.

Education/Credentials
I have my BA in Architecture from Clemson University, my Master's of Architecture from Texas A&M. As far as education related to Advertising, I have an extensive library of books and literature related to these items and the many smaller collecting areas within it. I keep up with the published articles and information published by the AAAA.

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