I removed the Tail/License Bracket from my car yesterday. It was painted grungy black, but had a few scratches where the metal looked like old brass. Sure enough, it failed the "magnet" test.
So I took it to the bead blaster at Farr's Racing and Rods and cleaned all of the paint off.
Walla! This is what I found:
Here is a closer view of the printing:
Please tell me anything you know about this old bracket. It is really neat to discover something like this on your car.
I will post a couple of more pictures of it.
Here are a couple more pictures:
Any information about this bracket appreciated.
It may not be an original as they have been reproduced for many years.
Looks original. The repro is not as sharp.
If you look at old trade journals, Neverout advertised brackets in steel, polished aluminum and polished brass.
There are a lot of reproduction brass brackets floating around.
Am on the fence, I think the originals had sharper castings. Originals also have combination hole for mounting and I have never seen a brass one that I was convinced was original. But what is of note is the stamping on the very right in Jon's top picture.
This is mine that I am convinced is original.
"Neverout" is supposedly an accessory that should make the tail light less likely to blow out.
Does it help? And if it does, why?
"Neverout" pertains to the brand of kerosene safety lamps for bicycles, carriages and eventually automobiles.
The accessory license plate brackets were probably introduced a little later.
This shows what was available in a 1979 catalog. Also a bracket I suspect to be a repro.
Here's some old advertisements
This earlier design of the adjustable length style for short or long license plates was offered in either aluminum, brass, or iron!
I think Jon's is a repro. The lettering is muddy and washed out in places like the other repros.
I've never seen a brass one I thought was original either. I have a couple of original steel ones, one of which is brass plated steel (shown).