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WW1 Army Bugler Bronze Mascot

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I have had this bronze sculpture of an Army bugler for many years. It was represented to me as an aftermarket radiator mascot and would like to verify that if possible and get additional information as to its history. It is 7" tall with a simple stud mount, it appears to be a World War 1 doughboy wearing a campaign hat and holding a bugle. It is titled "READY" on the base front and has a makers logo on the back: Copyright 1916 Kayforth Co. Chicago. It is highly detailed with a dark damage free surface and appears to have never been used or at least not like a car ornament. I have tried Google searching and have found plenty of other WW1 era stuff but nothing like this and no info about Kayforth. I appreciate any help offered.

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Looks to me more like a trophy type top, but I could be wrong.

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I tend to agree with Keiser,. Because of its size it seems almost to tall for a car mascot.

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Just to confuse the issue a bit more, it could be a figure of a Boy Scout bugler, outfitted similar to this one:

 

Image result for Boy Scout bugler statue

 

Whatever it is, I think that it's fairly old.

 

Cheers,

Grog

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The US did not enter WWI until April of 1917.  It can still be a soldier but the copyright date is too early for WWI.

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https://books.google.com/books?id=JWdYAAAAYAAJ&pg=RA3-PA44&lpg=RA3-PA44&dq=Kayforth+Co.+Chicago&source=bl&ots=_hvYP-zEb_&sig=KULtRogZzJ49OFOTZ5vMF6pCgh0&hl=en&sa=X&ved=2ahUKEwjQhoGe3IndAhUNhuAKHdvzDx8Q6AEwAHoECAAQAQ#v=onepage&q=Kayforth%20Co.%20Chicago&f=false

 

Looks like a patriotic pre war piece... looks to be a bunch of them in a window display in the article. Description of the statuette sounds dead on reading the small blip top left of the page displayed in the link. 

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Lahti35, I think you have it, thanks! Probably mounted on some type of larger base, I also doubted it was for a radiator cap...

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