Cast Iron and Enamel Weigh Machine Sign
The British Automatic Company Limited operated from 1910 and were based in Appold Street in the City of London. Manufacturing coin operated automatic vending machines. They later went on to erect and maintain automatic machines at all the stations of the Great Western Railway.
Vending machines were first invented by the Greeks, which would almost certainly explain the Greek Key design around the edge of the cast iron frame on this sign as a nod to the past.
Sitting upon one of the weigh machines this wonderful piece of history really tells a story and is a little bit of fun.
Dating from the early part of the 20th century, the cast iron frame is rusted to perfection and is still solid. The beauty of this particular eye catcher is the fixing feet at the base enable it to be completely free standing on a shelf or as a table centre piece. The enameled metal is really the star of the show. Just take a good read and see the magic patination and slight damage that make this a decorative artwork for any environment.
And at W39cm x H24cm D6.5cm it’s a practical size.
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