Got to the bottom layer of an old trash pit in Nashville and found something unexpected. A cool old Coca-Cola porcelain sign (well, half of one). Not sure of the date of the sign, but the bottles that came from on top of it are fairly old.
That's a really cool sign! And a really early one no less judging by the bottles. I wonder if any cleaning products could get it looking better than it is now. Some of that dirt looks like it should be possible to remove, though maybe up close it's a different story.
Enamel's pretty durable, I'd consult someone with more expertise than me but I imagine that using at the very least dish soap would produce better results unless it's already showing signs of degrading.
Was finally able to get an age range for the sign. An avid collector says it was made right around 1910. Have seen 2 versions of it, but neither of them were exactly the same as this one. The fonts are all slightly different.
I would agree that the lack of good finds in the wild might reduce the number of new collectors in the future . also here in Ontario there was a big boost to the hobby when all the dumps and bottles...