Petroliana and automobilia will be featured at Matthews Auctions' June 22 Check the Oil auction More than 450 lots of highly collectible examples of petroliana (gas station) and automobilia (cars) will be offered at a Check the Oil auction planned for Saturday, June 22, by Matthews Auctions.
36 inches in diameter, with sharp gloss and color and a clean field, is marked “Vilas Enameled Products.” Also sold will be a Shell Motor Oil double-sided porcelain sign in a strap base, measuring 24 inches by 24 inches, rated 9 on both sides and in overall excellent condition.
Petroliana signs with an aircraft theme will include a Socony Oils single-sided porcelain sign, 20 inches by 30 inches, rated 8.9 with wonderful gloss and color and some light wear and small chips; and a Sinclair Aircraft double-sided porcelain sign with single-engine airplane graphics, 48 inches in diameter, rated 8 (would be higher save for a hole drilled in the center).
Switching from air to sea, a Harbor Petroleum Products double-sided porcelain die cut sign with seaplane graphics, 39 inches by 35 inches, rated 7 and 6.5, is unique in that it's the first time Matthews Auctions has ever offered a double-sided Harbor Petroleum Products sign. Both sides have good gloss and color, but both also have chips and wear in the field (mostly reverse).
Additional expected top lots will include a Gilmore Lion Head Motor Oil (“Look, the Most Highly Filtered Motor Oil in America”) single-sided tin sign, 20 inches by 14 inches, rated just 7 but quite rare in any condition; and a pair of Reliable Petroleum Regular 13.5-inch lenses housed in a Capco globe body, rated near-mint at 9.5, with both lenses in excellent condition.
Internet bidding for the auction will be provided by Proxibid.com. Phone and absentee bids will also be accepted. The Embassy Suites Hotel is located on the northwest corner of the metro Columbus (Ohio) area. Take I-270 to the State Route 161 exit, go east to the first stop light and turn right, then take the next right. The Embassy Suites' phone number is (614) 790-9000.
Dan Matthews has written a book about petroliana, titled The Fine Art of Collecting and Displaying Petroliana. For information on how to order a copy, log on to the Matthews Auctions website, at www.matthewsauctions.com. Or, you can order one by calling 1-877-968-8880.
Matthews Auctions, LLC is always accepting quality consignments for future auctions. To consign a single item or a collection, you may call them at (217) 563-8880; or, you can send them an e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information about Matthews Auctions and the Check the Oil auction on June 22nd, log on to www.matthewsauctions.com.