Vintage Champlin porcelain advertising signs

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2015-06-26 10:31:27

Vintage Champlin porcelain advertising signs are collectible US items of advertising, automobilia and petroliana produced in the 1920s to advertise Champlin gasoline and oil. Items produced more than 100 years ago are classed as “antique” according to the 1930 Smoot-Hawley Tariff Act’s definition.

Background

The porcelain signs feature the same depiction on front and back.

They were manufactured by the Burdick Enamel Co and were designed to sit on top of a three-foot pole that could be easily moved around the gas station.

Champlin

Champlin Oil Company was established in 1916 with the opening of its refinery in Enid, Oklahoma. By the mid-1920s it was selling gas and oil in Oklahoma and five neighbouring states.

It changed its name to the Champlin Refining Company in 1956 and changed ownership several times before being sold to American Petrofina in 1983 and closing its Enid refinery.

How much are vintage Champlin porcelain advertising signs worth?

Good condition, original vintage Champlin porcelain advertising signs made between $600 and $700 at auctions in 2010 and 2011. Buyers should be be wary of modern-day reproductions.

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