Hood ornaments, like shaving mugs, were often a place where the owner could express themselves or display their occupation. I research and teach historic photographic processes for a living. And so I have a camera obscura on my T. It's actually a view finder from a 1918 vintage movie camera .. and you can see an image if you look down onto the ground glass focusing screen.
How about posting your hood ornament or license topper.
Not my car, but a photo I took of Dean Yoder's hood ornament in 2011.
Guess that's one where you want to over fill your radiator every time before you go out driving. :-)
I always thought that was a radiator cap ornament!
Running this one on my Speedster
The kangaroo has pride of place on my mewly restored roadster. I remove him whenever I am away from the car for long.
The Merino ram is on a much heavier radiator cap for another make of car. I am allowed to keep him in my wife's display cabinet with her collection of sheep.
Hope you like them.
Allan from down under.
I have a flip top winged radiator cap that has a place for a badge on the front of it. Is there anyone that could make a badge for it. There are two holes for one.
this is a copper pot still for making Tennessee shine.
Great thread !! I want to see more !! (and wonder where I can find a sheep for mine !? Should be a Targhee)
Radiator ornaments became hood ornaments when radiators disappeared under hoods in the '40s. Just a thought, tall heavy ornaments may cause the filler neck joint to fail. Make sure that's not happening so none of these great ornaments end up on the road and run over !
The guy is not me, but a former IBM colleague.
Here is mine.
It has a wireless BlueTooth enabled
Funny Bob !
Here's my "Attitude" on my Racer !
This little guy would be on my radiator cap if I could figure out how to attach it. I think it is made of lead.
Very,very, special one that my Dad had for our 1934 Rolls Royce Phantom II Continental.
"Chrysis" was an original Lalique hood ornament for RR and Bentley cars. Dad picked her up minus the base just before we finished the restoration of our '34, and I watched him machine the cap and fit her in there.
When we sold the car after Dad passed Mom gave this radiator cap for my Birthday one year. One of my most cherished momentos of my Dad.
That's "special" for sure, Chris - superb !!!
This is the one Im using on the speedster project. I am going to run a Rajo 4 valve head, so I thought it was appropriate. and I have never seen another one.
This is the one I use on my "driver Ts"
A seldom seen moto meter lock
an eagle flip top
This is one of the cheapest Moto meters they made, but very hard to find. Notice there is no glass in front or the rear of the moto meter to protect the mercury tube.
These three look like the top off a bed rail. They are actual radiator cap mascots. I used to have an ad for them but I can not find it right now.
a different style of "dog bone"
another couple for Model Ts
couple more different styles
NOS large wings
undrilled dog bone ...
Boyce "Special" for Ford flip top and ad for it ..
Mine looks pretty much like this one.
Thanks Hal! Gave me a chuckle! Love it!
Collection of hood ornaments are neat ... you can look at them on eBay. But what I'd really like to see .. and the emphasis of this thread .. are the ones that people actually have mounted on their model T.
An other Hood ornament from Brussel.
There nothing special about my radiator cap other than it doesn't come off without using a large wrench...the motometer sits on top of the wing shaped front end spoiler (helps keep all that raw horsepower on the ground ya know) and that sits on top of the hex radiator cap, all the pieces are independent of each other. With each piece being separate like this it takes a very large wrench to take it off. The cap wont come off by twisting any of the components, nor trying to twist the hex cap by had either, since I snug it on with a big crescent wrench.
This is a cool thread! I never saw so many different antique and vintage rad caps.
In case no one has seen it on the other thread that Bob Scherzer started about improvements for this plane that he makes, I'll post pics of mine here as well.Jim
This is, indeed a great thread ! Thanks, Mark, for starting it. I never expected to see a Lalique ornament on a Model T forum ! The "Lady Liberty" ornament looks like it would be a little painful to handle . . . good thing she's got those wings !
When some one asks does it run
I just say do pigs fly
Its a little early for Christmas but here is my hood ornaments!
Now that's an attention getter ornament there...but you'd need a lanyard to the trigger to make it really scary.
Every T needs a water pump!
I could swear it's called a radiator ornament!
Larry, mine are the real deal?
That's not my Chevrolet.
It's for sale locally on Minneapolis Craigslist.
Just marking territory
Kevin, shouldn't you have a carrot instead of a spud ? ; -)
I purchased this one as a rough aluminum casting for $10 about 15 years ago. One evening with a set of jeweler's files and various grits of Aluminum oxide sand paper and a quick polishing on the buffing wheel and it came out well. As the waitress at Mel's diner used to say "Kiss my grits" It went with our Speedster "22 when we sold it last year due to ill health.
Tsk, Tsk, "naked" wire wheels on that PII!!!
That gesture ... thumbing the nose ... used to be called "cocking a Snook"
Old timers always told me it was waving a sob at someone.
Just won on t bay.Looking forward to putting it on the speedster.
Mark, I don't think what I show is what you are looking for as this is not a purpose built hood/radiator ornament.
The previous owner put this one on after he removed the cap for safe keeping in a pail and the mice filled the top of the tank.
I kinda like it and it's going to stay for awhile. The neck is messed up on this rad and yet it adds to the character of this accidental photo of Lucky.
I was just clicking pics for Ed when I thought I'd sell him.
Good rad otherwise.
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Duey,how can you think of selling a face like that?
Duey ... I like it a lot!
Here's a couple of mine.
Ornament in the bottom picture- is that a fireman's helmet on the wing-ed babe ?!? Great ornaments !!
At the time this was the right thing to do cheers Colin
Colin, is all the bright work on your '14 (?) nickeled ? Pretty !
This is such a fun thread I've been aching to throw my hat in the ring. This is "cheating", I've been wanting to build this for some time. Got to locate some brass sheet first. This is the cardboard mock-up.
This too is unfinished. I purchased this single lion bookend with the intention of turning it into a hood ornament. It tarnished and was removed until I have time to deal with it. Now I'm undecided which vehicle it should go on.
Hello Rich The car is a 1912 and it is all original brass which has been polish since 1960 it shines almost white,
Stay focussed guys. ;-) Show hood ornaments actually mounted on the radiator of your model T .. not collections on the shelf.
This is what is on my 26 Tudor
That one is interesting ! "Pretend" Motometer ? Motometer for folks who don't really want to know what their engine temp is ? Grabbing the brass ring gets you a free ride ??
Hmmm,....looks kinda' like an oar lock! Not a bad idea, and lots of options for further modifications,....like maybe "crosshairs" for example. I like it!
Dale, tell us about this ornament if you would?
I believe the ring is some part of a horse team harness. I think it would look good with a little spinner inside.
Hal and I use the same one.
I figure that when I drive on country roads it won't bounce the neck off my radiator.
Steve, I always reckoned that's a likely hazard of sporting a tall, heavy ornament. Can't go wrong with an OEM cap !
Dale, now I see it ! It's the rein loop from a harness saddle, the slight off-center wear is evidence.
Rich,thanx for the correct terminology. Now I know what it is.
I am known for using a different mascot for each day when I am on a tour. I have a few that are too heavy for use but are fun to see if nothing else...
There’s a few Model A ones here as well including the gargoyle that I recently picked up from Larry on the classifieds section.
I usually use a stock nickeled Radiator cap. When I am going to amongst those who can read I sometime mount this atop ole Rusty!
Bob Scherzer are you still reproducing radiator cap mascots? Your work is fantastic.
Yes, John I'm still at it when I get the time. Here's some that I'm doing now and other I have done over the years.
I just got this one to reproduce which is going to be job and not damage the original in any way.
Here's another project still not done to completion. Have sold a lot of parts to guys with this ornament that had broken or missing parts which had me going back and recasting more to complete the 20 that were planned. Bob
Bob, these are amazing. Reminds me of miniature Whirligigs. I see three that I'd like to purchase now if available. The policeman,the temperature gauge with cups on the bottom and the one with the two men turning the fan. I believe you said that the men turning the fan wasn't reading yet,but if you could pencil me in for one I'd appreciate it.
Dressed up for the Veterans Day Parade.