Antique NJ 1913 License Plate 27480 in the brief, Handsome Porcelain Era! GOOD!
Antique NJ 1913 License Plate early in the brief Porcelain era! Very Good!
Very Wide 14¼” –- Porcelain on Heavy Steel Handsome Red Letters on White
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ITEM CONDITION & DESCRIPTION:
YEAR: 1913 STATE: New Jersey TYPE: PORCELAIN ON HEAVY STEEL
NUMBER: 27480 NEW WIDER SIZE: 6+ by 14¼” CONDITION: Very Good!
DETAILS AND CONDITION:
Right now I’m offering our extensive collection of Auto License Plates, starting with the earliest – except for ‘do-it-yourself’ plates made of leather, wire grids, and wood to display the state-directed numbers. Those hand-mades in the museum Bicentennial display were extremely valuable, and we were honored that many owners loaned them for display. Needless to say, we returned those!
Here is 1913 NJ license 27480, in Generally Good condition for a number of reasons beside its age, now a sprightly 104 years! The state assigned a number, and a state-certified manufactur made the actual plates. This one is Porcelain Finish on heavy steel, nearly two pounds. Because of its large width our scanner can"t get it all in one try, so we scanned first including the entire left end, then with the entire right end (so they overlap) and then a detail of the numbered State seal plus the lettering of NJ and 13, for 1913. Thank you for understanding this!
This striking license measures a tad over 6” high as previous years (same as today’s standard) by 14-1/4” wide – a change in size, little over an inch wider than the previous and subsequent porcelains – we do not know the reason. The top bolt slots are about an inch farther apart than other years and this is the second year with small round holes in the four corners, the top two of which were used by its owner rather than the traditional wide slots. That corner use caused minor damage to the Porcelain and subsequent rust on the two top corners. Sadly, most all porcelain plates had damage from the method of fastening them to their vehicle. This one is in Very Good Condition, save for this. Who knew?
The Printed Numbers, year 13 and N.J. are Red Porcelain on White. The state-required certified maker’s number usually stamped into the steel state badge is 152327. Unlike all our earlier NJ plates, there is no maker’s name on the back porcelain surface, which is a mess of white and black porcelain slurry.
We are proud to make this gem available at this time for one fortunate winning bidder. Some states including NJ allow auto owners to have original-year numbers registered on the owner’s personal automobile IF it is of the correct year of the vehicle, and will fit in the DMV computer system. Plus, there is the other difficulty - that New Jersey – unlike our retirement home of Florida – requires both front and rear license plates. Darn!
I have been an ardent collector most of my lifetime, in many fields: Recorded Sound, Motion Pictures, Radio, Television, Stage, Antique Automobiles and License Plates, Mechanical Music, Thomas Edison, and San Francisco. Now we are selling collectables from all.
It was not easy to accumulate a complete run of New Jersey automobile licenses from their onset until the new national 6x12” standard in the 1950s and beyond. My collection was displayed on the walls of Yesteryear Museum outside Morristown, along with a different group of sample plates for the Bicentennial Year 1976 - at least those from states which issue such, and didn’t charge a fortune – most states sent them gratis.
When we moved to Florida, the plates were in several heavy movers’ boxes, which were mixed in with scores of others for the move. It wasn’t until after we had changed from one storage place to another that we discovered that the movers brought only one box to us – infuriating, but too late to do anything about it! We will soon be offering many more plates up into the 1950s, when the new national standards set in. Keep watching! ---Lee Munsick
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Sale Price: US $395.13