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Hood ornaments identification

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I’m Ton Smilde a retired Dutch Air Force guy.

I was based in the States for 5 years first at Springfield, OH and the last 9 months at Tucson AZ.

In the States the car fever hit my. Every Friday night we went to the Greene at Beavercreek where car enthusiasts ware gathering on the Big K parking lot sometimes more than 300 hundred.

My favorite were the shows from the Good Guys. Went 4 times to Columbus, once to the Phoenix and the Forth Worth one at the Motor Speedway.

For the last year or so I'm totally in the hood ornaments, love them.

Made pictures in the US of hood ornaments but regrets' that I didn't make more.

Made a facebook page about hood ornament, if you have pictures and want to share them let me know I'm more than happy to place them

I found these hood ornaments at a Dutch antique dealer who can help me to identify them by car model and year.

Thanks

Ton

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Ton,

The hood ornament shown in the lower left image that you posted is similar to that of the 1947 Buick, but the base is different. See the image below. I don't know what your hood ornament is, exactly, but it could be a custom item; however if anyone can identify it, he's probably a member of this forum. By the way, this type of hood ornament was referred to generically as a "gun sight" hood ornament.

Cheers,

Grog

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It is my opinion that #5 is an aftermarket ornament made for 34 and 35 standard Chevrolet.

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The first one looks like a GEM hood ornament (it's an aftermarket piece) the second one with the shiney chrome I think is a 46 probably through 48 Desoto, 1946-desoto-hood-ornament-garth-glazier.jpg

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There were a great many "after market" hood ornaments made and sold. These were ornaments that did not come with the car as an original part, but instead were made by companies that sold them to car owners who wanted a hood ornament for a car that either did not come with one or where the car owner wanted something different from what came with the car. It is the same situation today were companies make all kinds of parts for owners to buy to "customize" their cars to their personal taste.

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Hi, Ton and welcome to our forum. We like to hear from foreigners especially those conversant in English and a NATO brother in arms. There is an occasional contributor here named jajolee. She (I think it's she) has a museum somewhere in The Netherlands.

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Like to thank everybody for the reactions so far.

Now that I am back in the Netherlands I’m regular visitor of car events held in the east of the Netherlands. Not compatible with the Good Guys events but good enough. And luckily we have 3 car dealers (they Hugh collection) in the region who are specialized in US cars. For those who are interested I have linked the web pages.

If I can help somebody let me know, perhaps I can do something recently I helped a US guy who needed parts for his Opel GT.

And finely if you like to share your hood ornament pictures on my Facebook page you are more than welcome. Photos are 1200 pixels width and with Photoshop I will print the copyright sign and your name on it. Send me a message and I will give you my email address.

The pictures are from:

1955 Jaguar MK 7 Saloon, Lincoln, 1957 Lincoln Premiere 2 door Hardtop Coupe and a French UNIC truck

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Hood-ornaments/1414822735459318

Car dealers:

http://www.thegallerybrummen.nl/en_EN/welkom.html

http://www.rdclassics.com

http://www.venemaantiques.nl/

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Went to see that Antique dealers again, he told me that his son had a nice paper weight. Well it is. A GUY Motors hood ornament.In 1924 the company adopted the slogan 'Feathers in our Cap' which led to the addition of a Native American mascot to their vehicles.

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Love to share your close up hood ornaments photo's please let me know.

Thanks

Ton

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My name is Thomas Hill from st. louis....

My father had this in his closet.When he passed it was given to me...I have looked and searched my butt off tryin to find one on line..Would you possibly know anything about this..Other than the fact that its a radiator cap....

Thanks

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1 hour ago, EvilTT said:

My name is Thomas Hill from st. louis....

Howdy Thomas. Welcome to the forum. We suggest you start your own topic rather than lose yours in this other one that bears little relation to your ornament.

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Back when cars had radiator caps, it was common to dress up the cap with any type of adornment. People would put on trophy tops, miniature statues of people and animals and any sort of bolt on piece to make it unique and dress the car up. I once saw a grave marker from the V.F.W. bolted to a radiator cap.

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