Posted 10 months ago
Rare Desmo Jaguar SS Car Mascot Mounted On Radiator Cap
I got this one from Fieldings Auctioneers in England on July 21st auction. It was model 521 in an old 1930's catalog and advertised as heavily chased (detailed engraving) in the 30's ad. There were 2 auctions that had one of these but the other one did not have a radiator cap, and usually the ones with the original cap are much more desired and can be a good sign of authenticity in some cases.
An expert on Jaguar who also wrote a book on the mascots said to me:
The Desmo was indeed mounted on SS cars, especially during the two-year period between the launch of the Jaguar name in 1936 and the launch of Jaguar's own mascot in December 1938. He told me that the Desmo Jaguar is one of the most forged mascots. I was then worried. I sent him photos of this one that I bought and he said it looks like the real one. So I guess I was lucky here and that I got a real one - my books do help !! That was good news, I was relieved.
Just need a marble base and I am all set to display the beauty !~ Sometimes I used to get marble bases from old lamps or trophys and statuettes, that are not great, but have a piece of marble or wood at the base. Now I can only bid at auction for them as we don't have any good 2nd hand places or thrift shops here. I bought 2 cheap lamps recently for bases at auction on the net, but have not got them yet.