Vintage Skelgas Neon Sign: Rare Original 1920’s Skelly Advertising – NS6457
This Genuine 1920’s Era, Porcelain Skelgas (Skelly) Station Strip Sign, Is An Original Advertisement From The Earliest Days Of The Company, Featuring The Very Rare Black Background, Before They Changed To Their Trademark Blue And Red Color Scheme
Featuring A 101 Point World Class Fine Art, Museum And Investment Quality, Neon And Electrical Restoration, Signed And Certified By Award Winning Artist H.J. Nick, Our Neon Restorations Are The Best In The Business Because Of Our Attention To Detail, And Commitment To Originality, Our In House Neon Glass Blowers Use Historically Correct Techniques And Materials, And We Use Only Top Quality Electrical Components Including All Solid State Transformers
Vintage Skelgas Neon Sign: Rare Original 1920's Skelly Advertising
This original vintage Skelgas neon sign is just one of hundreds of collectible automobilia and petroliana collectibles currently for sale from ArtFactory.com. This extra large, single sided, porcelain roadside sign measures 70 inches (5 feet 10 inches) wide by 20 inches tall, and is 6 inches deep, including the original metal housing can. The rectangular shaped sign has a black background, and white lettering with a red border that reads "SKELGAS". There are 2 horizontal, parallel, red striped that goes across the sign, both above and below the lettering. This Skelgas neon sign lights up in red neon around the border of the lettering. It is an authentic advertisement that was originally displayed at service stations in the 1920's, and was made in the U.S.A. To top it all off, this vintage neon sign features a separate on/off toggle pull cord, as pictured, so the sign can easily be turned on and off without unplugging.
Like all of our collectible signs, this rare Skelgas neon sign is sold in original, unrestored condition as pictured. We do not believe in restoring old signs because it is our belief that every ding, dent, and blemish is part of the story and history of the item. This sign is in great condition for an item that is now nearing, 100-years-old, but certainly shows its age as well. There is a fair amount (roughly 10 of significance) of dings to the porcelain enamel, mostly along the top and bottom edges of the sign, with the most significantly damaged area being the lower left corner area (as pictured). It is very likely that this sign may have been displayed outdoors for a long part of its history, as the dings to the porcelain are consistent with the type of damage you would see if the sign was struck by a wind blown object (extremely common for outdoor signs). Fortuitously, these areas of damage are almost exclusively in the outer areas, and more prevalent around the edges of the sign, while the lettering and graphic areas are fairly clean. This sign is in Very Good/Excellent (VG/EXL) condition overall.
Vintage Skelgas Neon Sign Specifications
- Type: Single Sided Genuine Vintage Porcelain Neon Service Station Advertisement
- Shape: Horizontally Oriented Long Rectangular Strip Sign
- Company: Skelly Oil
- Product: Skelgas (Gasoline)
- Era: 1920's
- Place Of Manufacture: U.S.A.
- Color: Black/Red/White
- Neon Color: Red (Border Of Lettering)
- Dimensions: 70 Inches (5 Feet 10 Inches) Wide By 20 Inches Tall (6 Inches Deep Including Original Heavy Metal Housing Can)
- Condition: Original Genuine Porcelain Sign Not Restored Or Doctored (As-Is, 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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ArtFactory.com 101 Point Neon Restoration Details
As described above, we do not believe in restoring damage such as dings, dents, scratches, or damage to porcelain enamel. Restoring damage to vintage porcelain signs is frowned upon in the collector community because there is simply no way to repair this type of damage that is consistent with the standards of a museum quality restoration. Most often attempts at this type of restoration leaves the item looking worse than its original condition. Furthermore, it is our belief that every ding, dent, and blemish is part of that item's unique history, and helps to tell its story. The only exception to this is when dealing with neon and electrical components.
That is why this vintage Skelgas neon sign has received a 101 point, world class fine art and museum quality, neon and electrical restoration. This means that all electrical components have been replaced, including any wiring, mounts, switches, and ALL SOLID STATE TRANSFORMERS. The neon tubes are hand blown and hand bent by our in-house master glass blowers using historically correct techniques. This restoration is completed according to the specifications, and under the supervision of, award winning artist H.J. Nick. An item does not receive his brass tag signature certification until it has been found to meet all world class fine art 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. Also, any electrical parts including wiring and solid state transformers and flashers have been replaced.
Vintage Skelgas Neon Sign Additional Details
This vintage Skelgas neon sign, and all of our signs are guaranteed to be authentic, backed by over a century of experience in the antiques and collectibles marketplace. This 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 petroliana restorations are the best in the business because nobody has been doing it longer, or pays as much attention to detail.
This rare porcelain, vintage Skelgas 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 collectible art at the highest world class collector level. Contact us for pricing on this, vintage Skelgas neon sign, or any of our collectible Americana, antique signs, old gas pumps, and classic collectibles at 1-800-292-0008.
ArtFactory.com & 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.
Skelly Oil Company History
Skelly Oil Company, also known as Skelly Oil, was a prominent American oil and gasoline company that played a significant role in the petroleum industry during the 20th century.
Founding and Early Years: Skelly Oil Company was founded in 1919 by William Grove Skelly. The company's headquarters were located in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Skelly, a petroleum industry veteran, started the company with the goal of exploring, producing, and marketing oil and its derivatives.
Expansion and Growth: Skelly Oil rapidly expanded its operations by acquiring existing oil fields and refineries. The company's growth was driven by its strategic investments in exploration and production. In the 1920s and 1930s, Skelly Oil expanded its refining capacity and distribution network, establishing a presence in various parts of the United States.
Branding and Marketing: Skelly Oil was known for its innovative branding and marketing strategies. The company introduced a distinctive logo featuring a red flying horse, known as the "Flying A." This logo became synonymous with Skelly Oil and its products. The Flying A logo was designed to evoke speed, mobility, and high-quality fuels.
Retail Operations: Skelly Oil Company was one of the early adopters of the concept of branded gas stations. The company established a network of Flying A service stations across the country. These stations were known for their distinctive design and the prominent Flying A logo. Skelly Oil's retail strategy aimed to provide not only fuel but also a full range of automotive services to motorists.
Mergers and Acquisitions: In the 1950s, Skelly Oil Company faced increasing competition and market challenges. In 1956, the company merged with Getty Oil Company, forming Getty Oil. The merger was a strategic move to enhance both companies' competitiveness in the evolving petroleum industry landscape.
Legacy: While Skelly Oil Company's existence as an independent entity was relatively short-lived, its impact on the petroleum industry and its distinctive branding left a lasting legacy. The Flying A logo, associated with Skelly Oil, continues to be recognized as an iconic symbol of the era. The merger with Getty Oil marked a transitional period in the industry as companies sought to consolidate resources and assets to navigate changing market dynamics.
Getty Oil's Later History: Getty Oil, formed from the merger of Skelly Oil Company and Getty Oil Company, had its own history of growth, acquisitions, and notable events. In 1984, Getty Oil was subject to a highly publicized hostile takeover attempt by Texaco. Ultimately, Texaco acquired Getty Oil in a legal battle that resulted in one of the largest financial settlements in history at that time.
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