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Chevrolet "Winged Viking" Radiator Cap Complete With Hinged Base /Stant Mfg. Design By William Schnell-Detroit/ Circa 1929-1931

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    Posted 8 years ago

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    I had been watching this beautiful cap for about a month at Volunteer's of America. Counting down the weeks as they reduced the price. There was no way on earth that I could afford it at it's four hundred dollar price tag. Finally this morning it dropped to the 75% off category. My heart was racing as I pulled into the parking lot expecting to see my competition already at the door...but there was no one ! Just me... at two minutes to opening. I walked to the case and hoped it was still there after the weekend. It had been 50% off all last week and yet there it was still in the case. I loved seeing the minus three hundred dollar discount pop up on the register. My poor debt card even at the new price but it's a real gem and I had to have it. It's in wonderful condition compared to some I've seen online. The metal still shines in spots especially the figure. Many do not retain their bases with just the top mascot portion remaining. This one is hinged and opens to a rather rusty used interior but that original wear is common to this type of pot metal. The threading on the cap just gets eaten away by the radiator fluid and rust. The mascot is a beautiful art deco figure by engineer and lead designer William Schnell of Detroit know as a "Winged Viking". Usually the wings get broken off as this type of metal is very brittle zinc. You don't want to drop it believe me. This particular cap was used by Chevrolet on a few different models from 1929 thru 1931. It's marked "Stant Mfg. Connersville IND." along with "Pats. Pend" on the inside of the mascot's base. I'm thrilled that I was able to score this at a more than reasonable price. Probably my 1# find for this year ! -Mike-

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    1. Efesgirl Efesgirl, 8 years ago
      Soooo glad you got it for that price!
    2. mikelv85 mikelv85, 8 years ago
      Thanks Bonnie...I usually don't have this kind of luck playing the waiting game, but lately it seems to be working out. :)
    3. Efesgirl Efesgirl, 8 years ago
      VOA thought they were going to get big bucks off a donated item...but helaas, it was not to be...
    4. Caperkid, 8 years ago
      Definitely a great deal so glad you got it mike
    5. mikelv85 mikelv85, 8 years ago
      Thanks Roy :)
    6. mikelv85 mikelv85, 8 years ago
      Thanks Caper :)
    7. Alan2310 Alan2310, 8 years ago
      Mike I am so happy for you, I am even more happy them I found myself, this was met to be in your collection, an a bonus 75% off, WOW, 2 minute before they open LOL, lucky I was not in this neighborhoods, for those special, i am at the doors hours before they open, double lucky I am far from your place, LOL

    8. mikelv85 mikelv85, 8 years ago
      Thanks Alan....yes if it's meant to be is how I feel too but that's not to say I wouldn't have been very disappointed if I hadn' :)
    9. pops52 pops52, 8 years ago
      What a score Mike! Really love it!
    10. PhilDMorris PhilDMorris, 8 years ago
      Nice aquisition on this American cap, if its marked under base of cap you did well. Otherwise you have to watch as they are much reproduced. Have not checked my books lately on this one.
    11. mikelv85 mikelv85, 8 years ago
      Thanks Pops...I'm like a kid on Christmas morning with this :)
    12. mikelv85 mikelv85, 8 years ago
      Thanks so much Phil . I had hoped you would see my post. This is my first cap so it's not quite a collection yet. Yes, it is marked on the inside when you open the hinged top, just like one I found online. It says Stant MFG. Connersville IN. and has the Patent marks as well. I know Arrow makes the reproductions and even they cost a pretty penny. That was my concern when I first saw this but I had plenty of time to research it and look at it before I bought it. I'm surprised it remained in such good condition and survived the thrift store production room handling unscathed. :)
    13. fortapache fortapache, 8 years ago
      That is a great cap.
    14. mikelv85 mikelv85, 8 years ago
      Thank you's the perfect start to a new collection. :)
    15. Efesgirl Efesgirl, 8 years ago
      Your stellar find, Mike!!
    16. mikelv85 mikelv85, 8 years ago
      Thanks as with all things to keep or not to keep....I guess it will stay with me for a while. :)
    17. Ivonne Ivonne, 8 years ago
      I'm not in it,I'm afraid,but I love reading about your "hunting" adventures .
    18. mikelv85 mikelv85, 8 years ago
      Thanks Ivonne...the "hunt" is the best part ! :)
    19. kyratango kyratango, 8 years ago
      Great score, beautiful mascot! You deserve it

    20. mikelv85 mikelv85, 8 years ago
      Thanks Kyra...I don't know about deserving it but, I'll sure have to tighten my belt till next payday. lol :)
    21. sklo42 sklo42, 8 years ago
      The pleasure will remain long after the belt tightening. Glad you got it!
    22. SEAN68 SEAN68, 8 years ago
      very nice!!
    23. NevadaBlades, 8 years ago
      Yes, it's the hunt,....... always the hunt....... And then the next hunt....... GREAT FIND, Mike
    24. mikelv85 mikelv85, 8 years ago
      Thanks Sklo..Sean...Olebodie...and Nevada for all the "loves" and the nice comments :)
    25. Rick55 Rick55, 8 years ago
      I've seen some fantastic hood ornaments from back in the day, but I never knew radiator caps were so beautifully made also! Congrats Mike!
    26. racer4four racer4four, 8 years ago
      I'm with Rick. Patience rewarded Mike.
    27. mikelv85 mikelv85, 8 years ago
      Thanks so much Rick and Karen....after seeing Phil's beautiful collection on CW over the years I never dreamed I'd find even one of my own, let alone in the thrift stores I shop at. I've missed out on a lot of great items due to timing and lack of funds but this more than makes up for it. I feel fortunate indeed. Guess nothings impossible. :)
    28. cindyjune cindyjune, 8 years ago
      Great find! Persistence pays off!
    29. PhilDMorris PhilDMorris, 8 years ago
      hi Mike, I also have a page scan from one of my books which shows the patent application drawings, but you may have that online, I am not sure.
    30. mikelv85 mikelv85, 8 years ago
      I'd love to see that Phil. I haven't come across much information about William Schnell online either.
    31. PhilDMorris PhilDMorris, 8 years ago
      Will send to you, thought I saw your email somewhere, will look.
    32. shareurpassion shareurpassion, 8 years ago
      CONGRATS to you!!! Omg I could not have done that, wait I mean. How freakin' cool, you have got strength my friend! LOL I bet you are STILL shaking!!! lol
      How exciting, I'm glad I got to see this and that you claimed your victory! It's awesome. I would have it sitting right in front of me on my desk. Great job!
    33. mikelv85 mikelv85, 8 years ago
      Thanks so much Share for your "love" and compliment. It sits on the piano across from my desk. It's almost never out of my :)
    34. OneGoodFind OneGoodFind, 8 years ago
      Love this and the story so much. Makes my heart happy for you. Congrats for waiting it out and the big score. :)
    35. mikelv85 mikelv85, 8 years ago
      Thanks for the "love" and comment OGF...yes for once it didn't back-fire as the waiting game so often does. It's usually "You snooze you loose" :)
    36. shareurpassion shareurpassion, 7 years ago
      Loving again! ;)
    37. shareurpassion shareurpassion, 7 years ago
      haha like, move your feet, loose your seat! (just read other comments)
    38. PhilDMorris PhilDMorris, 7 years ago
      Glad you got this treasure Mike !!~
    39. mikelv85 mikelv85, 7 years ago
      Thanks once again everyone for the nice comments. It still has pride of place on my desk. :)
    40. buckethead, 7 years ago
      Beautiful piece! Definitely a great score :)
    41. mikelv85 mikelv85, 7 years ago
      Thanks so much have wonderful items as well ! :)
    42. buckethead, 5 years ago
      Still one of my favorites :)
    43. Falcon61, 1 year ago
      Super Nice!!
    44. mikelv85 mikelv85, 1 year ago
      Thanks Falcon61 for the"love" and comment. Just noticed this :)
    45. mikelv85 mikelv85, 1 year ago
      PS I still have it too after 7 years:)
    46. mikelv85 mikelv85, 1 year ago
      Thanks for the"loves" dav2no1 and yougottahavestuff :)
    47. mikelv85 mikelv85, 1 year ago
      Thanks to all over the years that gave this a "love" Wow 70 is the most I've seen !

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