London Transport Enamel Sign - any details?

4COR

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I have been having a bit of a loft clearout......:|

In there, I found the attached enamel London Transport sign. I've no real idea how I came to own it, but I think it's from an old bus of some sort. Does anyone have any info as to what it's likely from?

Cheers :)PXL_20220109_190834713~2.jpg
 
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Looks like a vintage mid 20th century enamel London Transport wall advertising sign.

Assuming it's not a reproduction, in good condition, it could be quite collectable and so might possibly be worth a few hundred pounds based on what similar examples have gone for.

Believe the width of the item is something like 19cm (7.5 inches) and the height 5.5cm (2.25 inches).
 

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Looks like a vintage mid 20th century enamel wall advertising sign.

Assuming it's not a reproduction, in good condition, it could be quite collectable and so might possibly be worth a few hundred pounds.

Believe the width of the item is something like 19cm (7.5 inches) and the height 5.5cm (2.25 inches).
Super - many thanks. Condition is pretty good (there is a small ding to the bottom right, which shows a little rust), and the odd small chip on the edges, but otherwise not bad. Size sounds about spot on.

Interesting on value - I still have no idea where it came from...!
 

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Think it's more likely to be a radiator badge from a (Leyland) RTL or RTW (or possibly post-war STD or TD) bus (one in LT Museum collection gives dimensions, one in London Bus Museum collection still has the rest of the bus attached) - enamel signs I've seen from notice boards etc tend to be a rectangle.

I'm not convinced by that (non specialist) seller's description, and descriptions on certain online auction sites can be very inaccurate...
 

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suggests the date of these radiator badges as being c. 1955.

Possibly a bit earlier - the RTLs were all delivered by 1954 (and the TD and STDs earlier still) - although LT may have made / got more later, to replace any that got damaged or lost.

I believe reproductions may have been made in more recent years (there were certainly reproduction of the AEC 'blue triangle' made) for enthusiasts / preservationists, although the one in the OP looks like it has seen genuine use.
 

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