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Posted 2 years ago


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I think this is a hood ornament but have not been able to identify it using any web or image search. Does anyone know what this is? If not a hood ornament, what else could it be?

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  1. rocker-sd rocker-sd, 2 years ago
    Just did a quick search and came up with this info:

    The first logo of the Mercury brand was its namesake, the Roman god Mercury. The side profile of his head, complete with the signature bowl hat with wings was used during the early years.

    I searched mercury hood ornament.
  2. drbeckma, 2 years ago
    I had also done a search on mercury hood ornament. I was hoping to find a picture that matched the item I have. I have found similar looking ornaments, some had arched wings, some only the head but not the 'bust' look, some only chrome (not two-toned), etc. I have not been able to find a match. Other individuals have indicated that they also believe it is an early (WW II years) ornament but so far no matches. Thank you for your input. I will redo my search using Mercury Hood Ornament to see if I missed something. I appreciate your help.
  3. gargoylecollector gargoylecollector, 2 years ago
    Phil can probably help,he will see this soon I'm sure!
  4. PhilDavidAlexanderMorris PhilDavidAlexanderMorris, 2 years ago
    Mascot pieces usually never had dual plating such as copper and chrome, and there are millions of reproductions out there, sorry to say this is one of them. Usually they do a copper plating first and then a chrome one over that. That would explain the reason for plating this the way they did. There are no numbers underneath and a lot of authentic american pieces had such if they were the originals. I have conferred with an expert on car mascots also on this piece. There are many such repros on ebay, in fact most of the ones on ebay are fake ones, although they are always in the category of Vintage Hood Ornament, which is a good category because it does not say original, although almost all the sellers say their piece is of the period.
  5. PhilDavidAlexanderMorris PhilDavidAlexanderMorris, 2 years ago
    BTW, I usually never make negative remarks, such as saying the piece is a repro, unless the person asks for info. The original mercury head looked nothing like this piece, and of the 15 or more books I have on hood ornaments and mascots do not show this piece. If it were original there would be pictures of it, even if only a few made. Another way to tell is if the piece looks very old with incredible detail, then you would know you have an original. Even that is iffy as they have been making repros since the late 70's, early 80's. Looking very old alone is not a good way to tell. 90 to 95% on ebay is a modern reproduction catering to the huge demand for car mascots, not originals, and some people buy one like this not knowing or getting any books or talking with the world experts who are collectors and not auctions including bonhams or christies, whose experts are sometimes wrong. I confer with an expert before I buy almost any piece unless I see it in person and know well the piece. The original collectors are quite old now but collected these before mascots became the latest hot craze. In 15 years there will probably be maybe one, if any, of those experts around !~
  6. drbeckma, 2 years ago
    Thank you very much for the information. I did not buy this piece - it was part of a friend's collection of items whom has since passed away. His son asked me to research this item to find out something about it. And so I have. I will assume the item to be a reproduction with no value except for the value to the son (since it was his Dad's). Thanks again - I very much appreciate your help.
  7. drbeckma, 2 years ago
    I have one more question for you if you have the time. You indicated that a lot of authentic American pieces had numbers on them which indicates an original piece. I know the picture I provided does not show it but there are 4 letters underneath the item. Under the washer on the bottom the letter 'FMC' appear towards the hole and an 'A' appears toward the back. Do these letters have any significance?

    Thanks - Daryl
  8. drbeckma, 2 years ago
    Well folks, I have exhausted all of the searches that I came think of and have come up with nothing. So if no one has another idea for me to check out, I am going to abandon the search for a match to this item. Thanks so much for all of your inputs and suggestions. Although I have not found this item, I have learned alot over the past 3 months.

  9. PhilDavidAlexanderMorris PhilDavidAlexanderMorris, 2 years ago
    I don't think the letters mean too much, the piece itself is original in the fact that there are no pieces of the period that had any remote resemblance to this piece.
    Someone put out a piece to cash in on the demand for hood ornaments and want to cash in because the prices are very high right now. You could sell it on ebay as there may be a market for those pieces also. It really is a piece on its own, with its own merits, just not to be sold as a period piece, but a modern production.
  10. drbeckma, 2 years ago
    Thanks for the input. I appreciate your thoughts and will consider selling it at some point. But for now, I believe I will keep it and appreciate it for what it is.

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