Red Crown Neon Sign: Very Rare Early 1900’s Porcelain Petroliana – NS7298

This Very Early (Turn Of The) 20th Century, Porcelain Enamel Advertisement Is An Extremely Rare Find, And Features A 101 Point Neon And Electrical Restoration, With Hand Blown And Bent Neon Tubes By Our In House Master Glass Blowers, All Solid State Transformers, New Wiring, Mounts, Electrical Components, And Fully Rebuilt Metal Housing Can

At Over 8 Feet Long, This Is A Centerpiece Size Item For Even The Most Serious Collector, Certified With Award Winning Artist H.J. Nick’s Brass Tag Signature Certification As A World Class Fine Art, Museum, And Investment Quality Piece


Red Crown Neon Sign: Very Rare Early 1900's Porcelain Petroliana

This vintage Red Crown neon sign, is an original porcelain enamel, service station sign, from the early 1900's. It is a single sided, horizontally oriented, rectangular strip sign, with working neon sign with a porcelain sign face, on a heavy metal housing can. The sign is unrestored (on a fully rebuilt housing can). The sign has a black background with the words "RED CROWN" in large red lettering with a white border. Below it reads "The Gasoline Of Quality" in white lettering. The sign lights up with red neon around the lettering of the words "RED CROWN" and in white neon around the border of the sign, just inside of the edge. This vintage neon sign an example of historic gas stations signage from early days of the American automotive industrial revolution. It is perfect for display in any man cave, game room, or automotive business. This iconic sign is of collection centerpiece size, measuring 100 inches (8 feet 4 inches) wide by 32 inches tall, and is on a 5  inch deep heavy metal electrical housing can. This vintage Red Crown neon sign is a true American icon, and any signs and advertisements from Standard Oil or any of its brands are among the most famous and popular petroliana items, for the serious collector.

Like all of our collectible signs, this vintage neon Red Crown sign is sold in original, unrestored condition as pictured. This sign has fairly significant dings and chipping to the enamel on the sign face, especially on the far right edge area, as pictured. This type of damage is extremely common in signs that were displayed outdoors, and would commonly be struck by wind blown items during storms. Other than these dings, the sign is fairly free of damage, has mostly clean lettering, and most importantly is free of rust. The sign overall is in Very Good/Excellent (VG/Exl) condition, which is a rare find in itself, and is as clean of an example of this now 100-year-old sign that you will find, that was actually used.

Vintage Red Crown Neon Sign Specifications

  • Type: Single Sided Genuine Vintage Porcelain Enamel Sign With Working Neon
  • Style: Horizontally Oriented Rectangular Strip Sign On Heavy Metal Housing Can
  • Company: Standard Oil
  • Product: Red Crown Gasoline
  • Era: Early 1900's
  • Place Of Manufacture: U.S.A.
  • Color: Black/Red/White
  • Neon Color: White (Around Border Of Sign)/Red (Lettering "Red Crown")
  • Dimensions: 100 Inches Wide By 32 Inches Tall (5 Inch Deep Heavy Metal Can)
  • Condition: Original Genuine Porcelain Enamel Sign Not Restored Or Doctored (As-Pictured, See Photos For Details)
  • Neon Details: All Neon And Solid State Transformers, Wiring Mounts, Switches, And Wires Have Been Replaced.
  • Comes With H.J. Nick Exclusive “Fast Hanger Bar” Allowing A Simple And Easy Way To Hang Straight And True Every Time.
  • Neon Has Separate Toggle Pull Chord As Pictured So That The Sign Can Easily Be Switched On And Off Without Unplugging. 
  • Certification: Brass Tag Signed By Award Winning Artist H.J. Nick

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101 Point Neon And Electrical Restoration

We do not believe in restoring damage to porcelain (or tin) signs because it is our belief, and the prevailing belief among collectors that this type of wear is part of that item's story. Furthermore, there is no correct way to add new porcelain in a manor that would be consistent with a full museum quality restoration, and attempts at these types of restorations are generally frowned upon in the collector community. The only exception to this rule is when dealing with neon and electrical components, which is why we have done a 101 point, museum quality neon restoration on this antique Red Crown neon sign. These neon restorations are done under the supervision of, certified, and signed by award winning artist H.J. Nick as meeting all world class fine are qualifications. This certification means each item bearing his signature is backed by over 100 years of manufacturing world class fine art handmade furnishings, and restoring America's finest collectibles to original, museum quality condition. All neon restored by our in house glass blowers, who have blown new glass using the same techniques and materials that were used for the original neon. Also, any electrical parts including wiring and solid state transformers have been replaced. The neon features a separate on/off toggle pull cord as pictured.

Red Crown Neon Sign Additional Details

This vintage Red Crown neon sign is original memorabilia from one of America's most iconic brands. We are a one-stop-shop when it comes to outfitting your man cave or game room. We can can outfit an entire gas station or automotive themed room for you, or help you find that one special item that has been missing from your collection. In addition to signs, we have vintage visible gas pumps, oil pumps, lubesters, and more that we have fully restored to working, museum quality condition. Our automobilia and petroliana restorations are the best in the business because nobody has been doing it longer, or pays as much attention to detail. & Award Winning Artist H.J. Nick Brass Tag Certification Details

The H.J. Nick Brass Tag Certification ensures each piece to be the genuine article. Backed by our over a century of experience, with our word is our bond reputation and guaranteeing or your money back “forever". The H.J. Nick Brass Tag Certification makes this item one of the highest appreciating, collectible investments that you can make. These items can be insured at stated value, usually on your home owners policy, for little added premium. Thus, making this a safer investment than even those insured by the FDIC, is much more fun to own, and puts you in control instead of the bank.

Investment Quality Collectible Petroliana From

This rare vintage Red Crown neon sign is the perfect conversation piece that will wow your friends and clients alike. Like all of our vintage collectible signs, it is guaranteed authentic, investment quality memorabilia. We specialize in those hard to find signs that serious collectors are looking for. All antique collectables offered are genuine memorabilia and appreciable assets, not fake reproductions. All items are fine collectable art at the highest world class collector level. Contact us today for pricing on this collectible vintage Red Crown neon sign or any of our collectible Americana, antique signs, old gas pumps, and classic collectibles at 1-800-292-0008.

Red Crown Brand Historical Information

John D. Rockefeller c. 1872, shortly after founding Standard Oil

The Red Crown Regular and White Crown Premium gasolines marketed by parent company Standard Oil Co. Inc. was an American oil producing, transporting, refining, and marketing company. Established in 1870 by John D. Rockefeller and Henry Flagler as a corporation in Ohio, it was the largest oil refinery in the world of its time. Its controversial history as one of the world's first and largest multinational corporations ended in 1911, when Standard Oil was declared a monopoly, which eventually broke up the dynasty.

Many company assets were forced to divid among the companies. One of those was the nationally recognized "Standard" brand name. The smaller emerging oil companies generally used the popular "Red Crown" and "White Crown" labels —without the displaying the Standard label.

Standard Oil Refinery No. 1 in Cleveland, Ohio, 1897

Standard Oil Company 1911 Break Up

Prior to the split in 1911, all of the various Standard “divisions” then in existence sold gasoline under the brandname “Red Crown”. At that time was only one of numerous picturesque trademarks then in use by the company. Most consumer trademarks from that era were graphically intricate. Some examples are the various tobacco trademarks with oriental or Indian themes, the Morton Salt girl, the Bon Ami chick, and many others.

With no relationship whatsoever to the product, it was simply one of the many image-trademarks of the era. That usage would be simple enough had Standard remained intact. That was not to be, for in 1911 the Supreme Court declared that Standard would be broken into 33 component companies.

51.1 MPG In 1917 With Red Crown Gas

On a humid night in July of 1917 a Franklin touring car carrying 4 passengers circled the Chicago Boulevards for an amazing 51 miles on a measured gallon of Red Crown Gasoline. This became the world record.

The test was performed under the observation of Professor Roesch (Engineering at the Armour Institute of Technology) and purchased the gasoline from a local garage to make sure that it was the usual commercial variety. Red Crown is always the same, no matter where you get it. The secret is in the range and adjustment of boiling point fractions.

Red Crown Neon Sign Info

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