Posted 2 years ago
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.