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Circa 1925, Staunton, VA., Dog Bone With Motometer

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Posted 2 years ago


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The piece is a heavy bronze piece, The Staunton must refer to the area this was made for, probably Virginia. Possibly for cars that were in parades and such where the town name was a good fit. I have seen the piece before, possibly with Buick or Oldsmobile, it is fairly rare I imagine. The motometer seems glued to the piece, but only through being on it for nearly a century. Likely around 1925. Need a photo from the top to show the unique shape of the piece on top.

This style of dogbone was made with a number of varients in the name, usually an automobile make, or so I was told, the most common Buick and Oldsmobile. That info is not corroborated !~

The 3 rd photo above details a mascot with the same dogbone style, this one is labelled " Roanoke VA " and is in Dan Smith's book, " Accessory Mascots, The Automotive Accents of Yesteryear." Dan mistakenly assumes the VA dogbone is part of the French mascot. I feel that these were made, more likely, for some parade or fair possibly in Virginia.

In the 4th photo I have prepared a collage to show where the design had come from at one time, created originally in 1921 for a 1925 exposition that was planned and abandoned, although they created a dogbone 1925 radiator cap as shown for the event. This possibly is the forerunner of the Staunton or Virginia dogbone. The top is basically the same and the words are applied the the same way, although the zig zag bolt of lightning replaces the dogbone ends.


  1. pw-collector pw-collector, 2 years ago
    From wikipedia:
    The Boyce MotoMeter was patented in 1912, and was used in cars to read the temperature of the radiator. From then through the late 1920s, the company manufactured a variety of different models which varied in size. The Moto Meter Company made slight changes to each of its original models and added new designs to their line of meters and discontinued some others. By 1927 the company was offering a wide variety.
    Nice item,
  2. PhilDavidAlexanderMorris PhilDavidAlexanderMorris, 2 years ago
    Thanks Dave, I am just not sure about the Staunton dog bone, why it was made etc., but I know there are things you just cannot access in Wikipedia. Phil.
  3. epson233 epson233, 2 years ago
    hi phil -- placed a pic on esmeralda's posting of the water color pic of the two arabs -- my dad was the service manager for lincoln mercury in portland oregon when i was a little girl -- so cars have always been very special -- that was the game him and i played while mom shopped -- identify the car -- year -- make -- model etc etc
    have a great week -- will look forward to more of your postings
  4. petey petey, 2 years ago
    Merry Christmas PhilDavidAlexanderMorris.
  5. PhilDavidAlexanderMorris PhilDavidAlexanderMorris, 2 years ago
    Merry Christmas Petey, Thank you epson233, Dave, and Sean for the comments !~
  6. PhilDavidAlexanderMorris PhilDavidAlexanderMorris, 2 years ago
    Thank you for the loves Sean, Dave, MustangTony, David,Vetraio50.ttomtucker, Vontrike, Kerry, Rob, officialfuel, stonesfan1, mrmajestic1, Chevelelleman69, longings, gargoylecollector, Antique Toys, Czechman, Matty, Epson233, petey, trukin20, sanhardin, shughs, thanks for all the love. Phil.
  7. PhilDavidAlexanderMorris PhilDavidAlexanderMorris, 2 years ago
    Thank you for all the love neilvbcolloctables, Manikin, ttomtucker, musikchoo, pops52, pickrknows, spiritinthesky3, Stonie, chrissylovescats, & Laureniscontent !~
  8. PhilDavidAlexanderMorris PhilDavidAlexanderMorris, 2 years ago
    Thank you undreal for the like !~
  9. PhilDavidAlexanderMorris PhilDavidAlexanderMorris, 2 years ago
    Thank you very much for the love SEAN68 and undreal !~
  10. pops52 pops52, 2 years ago
    A real beauty!
  11. PhilDavidAlexanderMorris PhilDavidAlexanderMorris, 1 year ago
    Thank you pops52, most appreciated as always !~
  12. PhilDavidAlexanderMorris PhilDavidAlexanderMorris, 1 year ago
    Thanks vintagecarmascot for the love, so nice of you !~
  13. PhilDavidAlexanderMorris PhilDavidAlexanderMorris, 9 months ago
    Thank you for the loves undreal and tom61375, appreciated.

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