Cast Aluminum NJ Highway 27 Shield (1927 spec)

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From the 1927 State Highway specification, this 16″ round aluminum NJ State Highway 27 shield came to me in really nice condition, with no need for restoration. Route 27 used to extend from Newark to Trenton, but its southern terminus is now in Princeton. Like the cast iron guide sign I have, these early NJ State Highway shields seem to be scarce as hens’ teeth.

This particular specification ended sometime during the 1930s, when the shield was changed to a smaller disc without the NEW JERSEY HIGHWAY border, and the abbreviation N. J. was added above the route number.