Very Early California Leather & Mesh License Plate SOLD A1189

Fascinating artifact of the early days of motoring. Price on request.   American Pre-State License Plates: 1901 – 1910 Our story begins in 1901 when the State of New York and the City of Cleveland, Ohio realized that it was time to begin requiring license plates for motorcars. The purpose was not to raise revenue – there weren’t enough ...

Very Early California Leather & Mesh License Plate SOLD A1188

This is a terrific rarity and a fascinating curiosity. Price on request. In the first decade of the century, the most common means of making a license was through the local harness shop. And that’s where leather comes into the picture. Tack shops could see that their trade – and business – was ending rapidly as the ...

New Mexico US Route 60 Sign AP562

Anyone can get a Route 66 sign, but a Route 60? That's another matter. And this one looks like it dates from the fall of the Roman Empire. In other words, it has a achieved a gem-quality patina. Gorgeous. 16" x 16". Price on request. New Mexico US 60 enters New Mexico in Catron County east of Springerville, Arizona. ...

Red Cab Cap A1065

A snappy cap always upgrades the livery cab experience. Do you think he was driving a DeSoto Skyview? The hat is a Lancaster Brand, from LA... "Ask the man who wears one!" Size 6 7/8. Price on request. From the company website: "Lancaster Uniform Cap Co still manufactures headwear like it was made in 1932. Since we have been ...

Minister Delux Friction Tin-plate Toy Car Indian Version (1981) A1071

Why a Minister? Because it's what government ministers ride around in. Why Delux? Because why not! A 1950s car design made current for 1980s children. That's what we call a classic. 3" x 4" x 10" original box. This is the 1980s Indian knock-off of the 1950s Japanese toy. A charmer. These toys first came up ...

Oldsmobile Limited Showroom Display Poster Very Rare c 1910 AP560

Don't let its slightly battered appearance fool you: this is a true and very rare automotive poster treasure. We have had it cleaned and stabilized and the original linen backing carefully re-backed on new linen. It was designed to be hung framed, mimicking its original oil painting, in Oldsmobile showrooms. The graphic is explosively dynamic as ...

Lalique Crystal Eagle Head Paperweight/Car Mascot mounted on Marble Base 1970s A1008

Lalique Style No:  1180800 Lalique Crystal Tete d'Aigle Eagle Head) Paperweight 6.50 inches high, weighs 3.04 lbs. A wonderful piece. We don't venture much into the 70s... unless it's something wonderful. Price on request. Lalique is a French glassmaker, founded by renowned glassmaker and jeweller René Lalique in 1888. Lalique is best known for producing glass art, including perfume bottles, vases, ...

Buick “Valve In Head” Authorized Service Porcelain Enamel Sign circa 1938 SOLD AP520

Another great piece of petroliana. Its age is unmistakable. Its condition, however, is very good, considering:  visible rust around the edges and some minor chipping. 12" diameter Price on request. !N 1903, One of founder David Dunbar Buick's employees had developed a prototype for a cylinder head with integrated overhead valves, which they called "valve-in-head." Significantly more complex ...

Eastwood Porcelain Enamel Sign AP518

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                  An example of the right font for the business: manufacturing specialized tools for the business of restoring old classic cars demands a classic automotive type face. 1970s. Price on request. The Eastwood Company is an automotive restoration solution provider, headquartered in Pennsylvania, United States. Founded in 1978, the company was started by Curt Strohacker. “Do-It-Yourself” and ‘Do the ...

Simon Werner Cars In Front of One Park Avenue 1920s Magazine Illustration Original Art P1253

A terrific New York scene to show off a pair of elegant automobiles by an artist who made a specialty of illustrating swell cars in swanky settings amongst elegant folks, in periodicals such as Coiuntry Life, McCall's, Judge and Everybody's Magazine, often associated with the advertising for Pierce -Arrow. Oil on canvas. Re-lined. Absolutely tops. Frame ...

Automobile Club of Southern California Stop Sign RARE SOLD AP501

Starting around 1910, the Auto Club sent teams of cartographers to survey the state's roads for the production of maps and to create a uniform signing system. The Auto Club posted thousands of porcelain-on-steel traffic signs throughout the state and continued to do so until the State of California took over the task in the ...

Official Pollution Control Sign AP498

California was an early adopter of automotive and industrial emissions control and this is from that first wave of reforms. This sign is a righteous artifact of that era. 24" x 26". Price on request. The first legislated exhaust (tailpipe) emission standards were promulgated by the State of California for 1966 model year for cars sold in that state, followed ...

Henry “Hy” Mayer “Seeing The Town” Print 1907 AP414

A couple in the rear of an open sightseeing charabanc are kissing passionately, oblivious to the tour guide addressing them through his megaphone. Delicately rendered, the brave turrets and towers of the 1907 New York skyline, the Flatiron Building clearly visible, rush by them. An early work by one of the pioneers of animation. (And we ...