At some point someone painted the box white and the red front has some white splatter but personally I think it adds character and it's a nice look. I like items to show their age, I'm not interested in an 80 year old sign that looks brand new. The age is what adds beauty, uniqueness and character.
The O and the E both turn and go inside the sign box and the letters are attached to a small glass pole sticking out from the box about one inch. They are attached to these small poles with thin wire which as the poles appear to have broke.
I'm not an expert and this is the only neon sign I've ever owned, I don't know but it seems that perhaps the neon OFFICE was once attached to the small glass poles and may have separated. That would explain the wire wrapped around it. Again, I'm not an expert and I do not know for sure but the sign works perfectly. I've been told that the sign dates to the 1940's and that seems correct to me.
A beautiful early working motel OFFICE neon sign... These signs are getting harder and harder to find. A very rare neon sign that doesn't come up for sale very often and which usually commands many thousands of dollars when it does come up for sale.
The item "Antique Motel OFFICE Original Vintage Old Neon Advertising Sign 30 LONG & WORKS" is in sale since Tuesday, June 27, 2017. This item is in the category "Collectibles\Advertising\Merchandise & Memorabilia\Signs\Original\1930-69".
The seller is "wallst2" and is located in Staten Island, New York. This item can be shipped to United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Denmark, Romania, Slovakia, Bulgaria, Czech republic, Finland, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Estonia, Australia, Greece, Portugal, Cyprus, Slovenia, Japan, China, Sweden, South Korea, Indonesia, Thailand, Belgium, France, Hong Kong, Ireland, Netherlands, Poland, Spain, Italy, Germany, Austria, Israel, Mexico, New Zealand, Singapore, Switzerland, Norway, Saudi arabia, Ukraine, United arab emirates, Qatar, Kuwait, Bahrain, Croatia, Malaysia, Colombia, Panama, Jamaica.