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Classic Cars457 of 953Please help! I collect vintage hood ornaments, but have no clue what this belongs to.1985 Cadillac "Eldorado"  Touring Coupe / E & G Rolls Royce Grill and Continental Kit
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Posted 2 years ago


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We picked this up at an estate sale in Long Beach, Calif. We thought it was some sort of thermostat gauge for a home...upon closer inspection, it looks like something off an old car. We tried looking it up online, but have had little luck. Any guidance would be appreciated.

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  1. PhilDavidAlexanderMorris PhilDavidAlexanderMorris, 2 years ago
    I think you are right !~
  2. PhilDavidAlexanderMorris PhilDavidAlexanderMorris, 2 years ago
    This is in one of my books which I have. Phil.

    This is an electrical switch used in the ignition and lighting system of the car (dashboard mounted).
    Made by the Bosch Company
  3. PrimePickins, 2 years ago
    Thanks Phil! I don't suppose it mentions what the AB stands for behind the image of the man with goggles?
  4. kerry10456 kerry10456, 2 years ago
    yes its a in dash control for the lights and ignition as Phil correctly pointed out, but missing the waffer and brass pins that would be the terminal connectors for the wiring. The dim position would have a wire coiled from one terminal to another creating resistance for the dim position. Pretty neat and long lost technolgy. Thanks for sharing
  5. PhilDavidAlexanderMorris PhilDavidAlexanderMorris, 2 years ago
    I am leaving for ontario, no more questions !!

    American Bisch Magneto Corporation.

    The man is Camile Jenatzy. A Belgian famous for speed and his red beard. Inspired the Bosch trademark. Called "the Red Devil", his career highlights are historic. Many mascots of the him at that time look pretty much exactly like the devil ! The Mascot may have existed as early as 1911, the 1917 advertisement shows the classic facial design as shown in your piece. Phil

    By the way, you cannot ask questions like that as most people visit a spot only once, so normally I would not see your question. You would have to go to the persons site so he knows you have a question.

  6. PhilDavidAlexanderMorris PhilDavidAlexanderMorris, 2 years ago
    Not Bisch- should read Bosch
  7. PrimePickins, 2 years ago
    Thanks for the advice and information! Have a safe trip to Ontario.

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