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From Buick, but WHAT YEAR?

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Found in a creek in Missouri. Have checked many years of Buick photos and none match. Did the grooves on the side show? Anyone have some clues?BuickOrnament1-Small.thumb.jpg.19afc83d3821ba112d2f87706933e880.jpgBuickOrnament2-Small.thumb.jpg.eacdbecf788c623cf7f7537a7cda7cb7.jpg

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Benefits of AACA Membership.

It is a Buick ornament on top of another make ornament. Are there numbers or a logo on the lower piece?

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Ahhh-- that could explain it! The former owner of the property did some customizing here and there, had a collection of antique cars that got auctioned long before I came along and bought the place. So the base piece could be from an Olds or Pontiac, perhaps? I'll take a closer look at how the top piece was mounted to the bottom piece. Appreciate the quick analysis!

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It could be a Chevrolet or Chrysler lower piece. Or....they could be two aftermarket pieces cobbled together. A part number on the lower piece would help.

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If that screw hole in the top of the lower piece is countersunk by design, it is aftermarket as MOST factory items had no exposed screws.

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Lower piece could be a 1939 Chevrolet hood ornament with some modifications. 

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The top parts is Buick, but I don't know what year. This ones is off a 1947 Buick and you can see that the top part is similar, but the mounting part is different. 

DSC_0322 1947 Buick.JPG

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On 11/10/2019 at 11:02 PM, mercman from oz said:

For 1948, the circle got more support with little bars on each side, like that one.

DSC_0403 1948 Buick.jpg


The mystery ornament is an add-on after market item,  different enough to avoid patent infringement perhaps. 
Note that the original, which came out on the '46 Buick, had a raised line  (actually two lines)  at the top, and that separated the ring piece into two parts, pinned together with a single pin.  The ring could be broken off the base with a mere bump of the heel of one's palm.  Then, unfortunately, many were swiveled open and ended up on a girlfriend's wrist as a bracelet!   That, no doubt, is why the horizontal reinforcement was added later.  I recall the original ornament cost $12.50 to replace.

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"Beetleback" is what we used to call the 2-door sedans with sloping rear, popular GM models in late 40's. The style was resurrected in the Mustang "fastbacks" of the mid-60s. Roof sloped all the way down trunk to the back bumper.

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