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MOTHER
RADIATOR MASCOT
CORNING GLASS CO. N.Y.—1920

Modelled after the Red Ashay mascot and Laliques Victoire, this mascot was produced by the Corning Glass Co. in 1920 and was named Mother. It was a larger and much rarer version of the smaller Daughter mascot, which was also produced at that time.

Mounted on a wood base. Measures 6 1/2" across and 5" in height, including base.

This mascot appears in most reference books on the subject. For example, it appears in Motoring Mascots of the World by William C. Williams, pg. 133, plate 496 and Car Mascots—An Enthusiasts Guide by Giuseppe Sirignano and David Sulzberger, pg. 64, plate 132.

In outstanding condition. A striking example of automotive sculpture.

Item No. 1279

PONTIAC
MOUNTED AUTOMOTIVE MASCOT
1948

This hood ornament was designed for the 1948 Pontiac, and is said to feature the face of Pontiac (1720-1769), an Ottawa chief who led the struggle against the British occupation of the Great Lakes region (1500-1542). This hood ornament has a detailed lucite face and an incised head band, that can be seen in this example.

Beautifully mounted on a custom wood base. Base measures 20" in length.

This mascot can be seen in the book U.S. Hood Ornaments by Lynn Huntsburger.

Item No. 1269

CHEVROLET
MOUNTED AUTOMOTIVE MASCOT
1946

This hood ornament was designed in 1942, saw limited use and was used in 1946 and then discontinued. This Speed Goddess hood ornament has a blue lucite strip flying back from the head, as can be seen in this example. The strip proved susceptible to damage and is usually found missing or damaged.

Beautifully mounted on a custom wood base. Base measures 19" in length.

This mascot can be seen in a full color illustration in the book The Automotive Mascot – A Design In Motion – Vol. III – The Later Years by James R. Colwill, pg 149.

In outstanding condition. A striking example of automotive sculpture

Item No. 1270

ANTIQUE DESK BOX
RICHFIELD – BRONZE CLAD

Richfield Gas/Oil bronze-clad desk box with a driver wrestling an early race car through a turn.  These were constructed of bronze clad plaster and are rarely found intact or without major flaws.

A complete example, identical to this one, can be found in the Peterson Collection in L.A.

Measures 10" in length by 5" in height.

SOLD

BARNEY OLDFIELD
1910
BLITZEN BENZ
BRUCE WHEELER - AUTOMOTIVE FINE ARTS SOCIETY

Hand-formed metal sculpture of the famous Blitzen Benz, that was driven by the legendary Barney Oldfield to a new land speed record of 131.275 mph at Daytona Beach in 1910.  This car was a true “monster” built specifically to set a new Land Speed mark.  It had only four cylinders but displaced 21.5 litres and produced over 200 hp.  The Benz was also driven to new land speed records by Bob Burman (140.2 mph at Daytona) and Victor Hemery (125.9 mph at Brooklands).

Bruce Wheeler is a member of the prestigous Automotive Fine Arts Society (AFAS). The unique and painstaking method of construction and faithful accuracy makes Wheeler’s work extremely desirable to private and corporate collectors.

Signed Bruce Wheeler 2 of 12 on base. This rare sculpture is number 2 in a total edition of only 12 examples. A beautiful example of automotive sculpture by a noted artist of a famous car driven to a world record by a legendary driver. Base is 21" long.

Item No. 1143

MOUNTED AUTOMOTIVE MASCOT
1950 – 1951
GEORGE R. LASKO

This hood ornament was designed by George R. Lasko, for the 1950/1951 Desoto, and features the face of Spanish explorer Hernando DeSoto (1500-1542) who discovered the Mississippi river. This hood ornamemt was offered with a choice of a chrome or a lucite face that can be seen in this example.

Beautifully mounted on a custom wood base. This mascot can be seen in a two-page full color presentation in the book The Automotive Mascot – A Design In Motion – Vol. III – The Later Years by James R. Colwill, pgs. 196/197.

SOLD

DESKPIECE
SILVERPLATED – SIGNED
W. FURICK – CIRCA 1910

Rare hollow-cast bronze, silver plated and detailed early race car desk piece.  Sculptured early two-man race car with driver and riding mechanic (mechanician) at speed.  Silver stamp on underside and signed W.Furick on rear of base.  Hood and trunk open to reveal two storage compartments.

Similar examples are  in major automobilia collections. An identical  example appears in the book Automobilia by Gordon Gardner and Alistair Morris, 1998, page 227.

Deskpiece is 16" long and 9" wide.

Item No. 1189

GREYHOUND
RADIATOR MASCOT
DELAGE MOTORCARS
C. BRAU-FRANCE - 1928

Rare and beautiful leaping Greyhound radiator mascot originally designed by C. Brau in 1928 and used on Delage Motorcars. This example is unsigned. Great Art Deco form. Solid bronze.

This mascot form is illustrated in a number of reference works including Mascottes Automobiles by Michel LeGrand, pgs. 210-211, and Motoring Mascots of the World by William C. Williams, pg. 105.

Mounted on a chrome knock-off wheel hub and a custom-turned wood base.

Item No: 628

 

WATCHING TURN SEVEN
LARRY BRAUN
1987

Rare bronze by motorsport sculptor Larry Braun. Depicts two crewmen anxiously watching "turn seven" for their driver to round the corner and come in for a fuel stop. They are holding a fuel can and fueling funnel.

Braun is a renowned motorsport artist and is a member of the prestigious Automotive Fine Arts Society (AFAS). His work is represented in many private and corporate collections.

Signed L. BRAUN 1979 10/70. This rare bronze is number 10 in a total edition of only 70 examples. Height is 10 1/2".

Item No: 652

 

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