Pump action in Wiltshire

Petrol pump globe for Speedwell Oils - £8200 at Richard Edmonds.

Richard Edmonds (20% buyer’s premium) in Chippenham, Wiltshire, has sold some very rare British petrol pump globes in the past year – including a globe for the little-known brand Dominion (£13,000 in November).

Extracted from Antiques Trade Gazette | Roland Arkell

The sale on March 21 included a globe for Speedwell Oils, as marketed by the British Oil & Turpentine Corporation under the slogan Running Made Easy in the 1920s and early 1930s.

Enamel signs for the Speedwell brand, that played on its use in racing cars and bikes at Brooklands and the Isle of Man TT, are occasionally seen for sale but this globe was one of only a handful known.

In good condition, it took £8200 (estimate £3000-4000).