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Northwestern Scup

Northwestern Corporation, Morris, IL, c. 1912 or later, 13 1/2". The Scup was a private-labeled Sellem. The only difference was the top part of the front casting, above the windows. For some reason this is listed as rare, but I think that classification is incorrect. I've seen at least 10 examples myself, and I'm just one guy. How many must exist if I've seen that many? It's considerably scarcer than the Sellem, but I don't think it's rare.

I like the example pictured above, but it's not the nicest I've seen. This one has ancient brown paint that I believe to be original and is in good shape. The red inpainting is still very good, but the white "THE SCUP" paint is chipped and the window is new glass. I know that the Scup came with paper-on-tin-backing fish emblem in that window, and I've heard that a mirror is correct there, but I've not heard from anyone else that glass is correct. When I got this in 1996 it had a piece of broken old glass so I assumed glass was correct. Maybe it is, but I don't know for sure.

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