The vintage light part is fantastic, but it wouldnt have a clock hanging from it. And that type of font is wrong.
It would have had a plate of glass hanging, the MG would be cut into the glass. That way when light, the cut MG would look flurencent green. Stunning when done right.
As with the clock, I can't see austin ordering a SLAVE clock from smiths for the factory. Then saying to smiths can you bolt this radiator script badge to it. Because we are to tight to get the job done properly.
Good point! I definitely looked at the auction yesterday, but today the listing number isn't being recognised at all. Even when a listing gets pulled there is usually some indication that it once existed. Most odd.
Duncan, the eBay clock was a Gent of Leicester electric slave dial in a cast iron case. To give you some idea, please follow the link below. The Austin logo looked like a stencil that had been added to the dial.
HAHAHA! The problem we have here, is that we don't have much Euro-American history to remember. As a journalist and a history buff, I am always frustrated at the amount of ignorance in many Americans. Perhaps its not the same in the UK. Here in the Seattle area, historic buildings are being razed every day. Many young people have no appreciation for the past. If an event happened before they were born, it has no significance. The myth still persists that Columbus discovered America, and that Lewis and Clark were the first to cross the continent. And when selling items on ebay, many just don't bother to do the research, which is so easy these days. By the way, next month I'll be selling a plaster cast of George Vancouver's first foot step on the Seattle shore. ;-)
You are quite right about demolishing and rebuilding. I'm a member of an organization that works to document and preserve elements of the Modernist period. I've been in many homes that have been remuddled, horribly and with no thought to preserving the original fabric. I've done consulting for people who wish to remuddle. I can point to things and say, that was changed in the 1970s, that dates from 1980, that dates to mid '90s, etc. I grew up in a suburb of Seattle called Bellevue. Despite a boom in the 1950s and 1960s, it still had an old town dating back to its founding in the late 1800's. Now, there is a sign proclaiming "Old Main Street". There is one building that dates to the original old town, and that has been remuddled so much it has almost no original fabric. Perhaps they are referring to the original bricks in the street that are now under several layers of asphalt.
I know this is off topic from Sevens, so I'll add a bit about why I try to be as period correct as possible. I could put alloy wheels, modern tires, and electronic ignition, a different chassis and frame on the Ulster Rep. It might run better, handle better, but it wouldn't really be an example of what a correct car would have been prewar.
Do you mean "Paul Revere" unless he had a brother named Frank I'm not aware of. ;-)