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I have this Coca-Cola sign. It came from my father's store in the North End of Winnipeg. It is marked "St. Thomas Metal Signs Ltd. St. Thomas Ont." on the bottom right corner.
I do not want to sell it, but I am curious how old it is and what it might be worth.
-- Brenda B., Winnipeg
Your sign is made of steel with a porcelain finish. It will measure approximately 14 x 30 inches. These were put on the bottom of doors and were called kickplates.
There are a few clues in dating your sign. The first clue is it says "Trademark registered" in the tail of the first C in Coca-Cola. This was done up to 1942. After 1942 it was printed under the Coca-Cola logo. The second clue is that Coca-Cola stopped using the colour green in 1939.
This sign was produced in Canada from 1938 to 1939. It has a few edge chips, yet the centre is in beautiful condition.
I recently sold the same sign in about the same condition for $1000.
Mike Huen is an antique dealer and owner of Mike's General Store in Winnipeg. If you would like to have an item appraised, please include a photo with your question. Email questions to firstname.lastname@example.org, and put 'Free Press' in subject line, or write to Mike's Appraisals, 52 St. Anne's Rd., Winnipeg, MB, R2M 2Y3.