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Possible Hispano Hood Ornament Information Required


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Hi everyone!

 

While passing through a local antique store, I came upon what appears very similar to a Hispano-Suiza hood ornament. No markings visible. It is simply tagged as "Antique Hood Ornament, $300" (Canadian) and I did not purchase it. I find it hard to believe an original Hispano stork is here, but I figured I would check anyways. If it is a reproduction, it seems to be a fairly a good one. My apologies for the bad pictures - chrome is awfully hard to photograph with a smartphone.

 

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5 minutes ago, alsancle said:

There is about a 95% chance that is one of the replicas.  There are 10 replica storks for every real one.


From the looks of the bottom of the casting and detail in the wings and body, I would say your off by five percent. Sure looks like a poorly done modern casting.

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Agree it looks like a repro. A friend had an original stolen off his 30 Hiso limo on Main St. in Port Washington  L.I. while he was in the movie theater. He got a repro and mentioned that the casting was not as well done as the original. 

 

Paul 

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Correct - it is absolutely a reproduction.  Originals were marked on the base with the embossed signature of the sculptor-F. Bazin.  The base had a recessed area, and there should be a serial number underneath where the wings come down to the base.

 

Terry

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Perfect, thanks everyone! I assumed it was a repro, but I wanted to make sure in case anyone needed one. I figured it was strange there weren't any markings, and it didn't look quite right to my eyes. I'll let them know when I step back in there.

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