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From the 1920ís through the 40ís our streets were teeming with animals; jaguars and lions to name a few, roamed freely and carefree and no one even batted an eye. Other things also traveled our streets, including graceful birds, Indian chiefs and airplanes. No, we are not talking about the real things, and some of you may have already figured out that we are talking about hood ornaments on cars, or mascots as they are referred to by the Brits.
Hood ornaments were a work of art commissioned by automakers to distinguish their autos from the others. And they didnít just use any old artist to come up with a sculpture that would make their cars stand out. No, they used some of the best artists in the world, such as Rene Lalique and Ettore Bugatti as well as Louie Lejeune. Later, others copied their works to supply a growing demand by the public to decorate the hoods of their cars. Hood ornaments were usually cast of brass or bronze and then chrome plated.
Hood ornaments have now become very collectible and collectors pay top money for these great sculptures. But for those of us who are nostalgic and want to put a hood ornament on our car, there is Jud Turner, artist and sculpture. His site features many different types of metal sculptures. However, he can be commissioned to make your very own hood ornament.
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