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PostPosted: Thu Nov 01, 2018 10:19 am    Post subject: Re: Porcelain Enamel Sign Fest Reply with quote

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Another piece of my collection. Got it from a closed VW dealership.
Reparatur-Annahme = repair reception / repair registration

Probably not original VW, but vintage and matching with the VW signs in size and color
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PostPosted: Fri Nov 02, 2018 4:39 pm    Post subject: Re: Porcelain Enamel Sign Fest Reply with quote

Great piece. I love the custom dealer one-off signs. Here is a similar one I just purchased. The makers mark is visible as well.

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PostPosted: Sat Feb 09, 2019 9:27 am    Post subject: Re: Porcelain Enamel Sign Fest Reply with quote

To bring this full circle, here is the above sign as it would have sat under a service sign (or similar sign with the flat bottom):

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PostPosted: Tue Jun 18, 2019 7:56 am    Post subject: Re: Porcelain Enamel Sign Fest Reply with quote

Back in 2012 there was a pretty big discussion in this thread about this sign in particular and whether or not is was real or a reproduction.

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It was noted at the time that there are actually two versions of this sign, the one above and this one below which has a thinner space between the V and W as well as a makers mark. This version of the sign meets the ratio requirements VW required at the time:

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It was also mentioned that there were no other examples of VW literature/signs that showed the text overlaying the VW logo like this sign. I just happened to come across this photo recently (Thanks Lind) which shows exactly this:

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I still think we have what appears to be an original sign (the one with the correct gap between the V and W and a makers mark) and then a reproduction done much later.
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PostPosted: Wed Jun 19, 2019 1:29 am    Post subject: Re: Porcelain Enamel Sign Fest Reply with quote

This one ist just AWESOME ! Nice find !

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PostPosted: Fri Jun 21, 2019 8:18 am    Post subject: Re: Porcelain Enamel Sign Fest Reply with quote

RalphMH wrote:
This one ist just AWESOME ! Nice find !



Thanks. I've been looking for a dealer add-on sign for my DIENST sign for a few years and this one came up. The DIENST sign came out of Auto-haus Robert Koch a number of years back.
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 25, 2019 10:00 pm    Post subject: Re: Porcelain Enamel Sign Fest Reply with quote

Porcelain/enamel sign from an old dealership here in Australia. There were neon tubes on the sign originally, but they are long gone.
Photo credit for the 2 old pics goes to Simon Barnfield.


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PostPosted: Wed Jun 26, 2019 6:46 am    Post subject: Re: Porcelain Enamel Sign Fest Reply with quote

What a score! Looks to be double sided, any idea where the other side is?
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PostPosted: Wed Jun 26, 2019 7:12 am    Post subject: Re: Porcelain Enamel Sign Fest Reply with quote

Great find IN2VWS !
I am still dreaming of those huge illuminated VOLKSWAGEN letters - matching the lollipop signs

@srfndoc:
You mentionend Autohaus Robert Koch. Maybe here in Schwäbisch Hall ?
I know this Autohaus very well, as this is my hometown Smile Smile Smile
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PostPosted: Wed Jun 26, 2019 2:07 pm    Post subject: Re: Porcelain Enamel Sign Fest Reply with quote

RalphMH wrote:

@srfndoc:
You mentionend Autohaus Robert Koch. Maybe here in Schwäbisch Hall ?
I know this Autohaus very well, as this is my hometown Smile Smile Smile


That's the one. My large DIENST sign and this one both came from Auto Haus Robert Koch:

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PostPosted: Wed Jun 26, 2019 2:29 pm    Post subject: Re: Porcelain Enamel Sign Fest Reply with quote

srfndoc wrote:
What a score! Looks to be double sided, any idea where the other side is?

No idea where the other side is. Just happy to have 1 side. Wink
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PostPosted: Wed Jun 26, 2019 11:33 pm    Post subject: Re: Porcelain Enamel Sign Fest Reply with quote

@srfndoc: Wow - Obviously it was you outbidding me on this sign some years ago Laughing

If you ever think about selling it, just drop me a note!
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PostPosted: Fri Jun 28, 2019 10:57 am    Post subject: Re: Porcelain Enamel Sign Fest Reply with quote

RalphMH wrote:
@srfndoc: Wow - Obviously it was you outbidding me on this sign some years ago Laughing

If you ever think about selling it, just drop me a note!


I only got one of the two that came from Robert Koch Autohaus. The other one went to a German friend.

These were posted a few days ago, some nice dealer add-on examples here:

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PostPosted: Fri Jun 28, 2019 9:31 pm    Post subject: Re: Porcelain Enamel Sign Fest Reply with quote

WOW - what a nice collection !
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PostPosted: Wed Aug 07, 2019 3:05 am    Post subject: Re: Porcelain Enamel Sign Fest Reply with quote

I love the pennant chain as well.
Have two of them in my collection, one NOS still with the protective
papers between.

They were both made of truck tarpaulin, and intended for outdoor use,
e.g. at the exhibition area


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PostPosted: Sat Mar 21, 2020 2:22 pm    Post subject: Re: Porcelain Enamel Sign Fest Reply with quote

Found these at an antique store stuffed in the corner. Not sure if they are actually VW corporate or dealer branding... but the color and graphics seem similar.

These appear to be two-side painted rather than porcelain. Any idea if these could be dealer signs? How would I know? Metal is heavy gauge. Size is 24”x6”
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PostPosted: Sat Mar 21, 2020 3:14 pm    Post subject: Re: Porcelain Enamel Sign Fest Reply with quote

nynone4 wrote:
Found these at an antique store stuffed in the corner. Not sure if they are actually VW corporate or dealer branding... but the color and graphics seem similar.

These appear to be two-side painted rather than porcelain. Any idea if these could be dealer signs? How would I know? Metal is heavy gauge. Size is 24”x6”


All of the arrows VW used had a different shape for the arrow head than the ones you found:

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More here:

https://www.thesamba.com/vw/archives/lit/vwsigns.php

Still cool signs, just doubt they are VW.
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 30, 2020 8:56 am    Post subject: Re: Porcelain Enamel Sign Fest Reply with quote

Wanted to post these for awareness. These were for sale recently (the guy had three of them) and were being sold as reproductions (and priced accordingly):

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These use an original makers mark but were definitely made much later (probably in the 80's/90's). Either way, cool looking reproduction sign.
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