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Berghoff Beer Neon Sign Restoration

Updated: Aug 26

1887 Berghoff Beer Neon Sign

1887 Berghoff Beer Neon Sign
1887 Berghoff Beer Neon Sign

Berghoff was the first beer brewed and served in Chicago Illinois following the repeal of prohibition. This etched glass neon sign was manufactured by The Cincinnati Advertising Products Company - Cincinnati, Ohio around 1938.

Berghoff Beer Neon Sign Before Restoration
Berghoff Beer Neon Sign Before Restoration

The sign was in bad shape when it was brought into the shop. The sign suffered severe water damage sometime in the past. The white painted Berghoff logo you see was actually painted on the glass and over time flaked off onto the metal backing. I decided not to repaint the white.

Berghoff Neon Sign with new neon
Berghoff Neon Sign with new neon

Rust removed and just the area behind the glass was repainted matte black. New neon tube manufactured. The patina of the metal case looked great so it was lightly cleaned and left as is.

Berghoff Beer Neon Sign Fully Restored
Berghoff Beer Neon Sign Fully Restored

Etched glass panel cleaned and reinstalled. New neon power supply, new internal wiring, pull chain added to turn sign on & off and 8 foot grounded power cord.

1887 Berghoff Beer Neon Sign Restoration Complete
1887 Berghoff Beer Neon Sign Restoration Complete

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