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* Object is approx 10cm tall, 8cm wide and has a 2.8cm hole in the base.  It's very heavy and appears to be chrome plated.
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Object is approx 10cm tall, 8cm wide and has a 2.8cm hole in the base.  It's very heavy and appears to be made from chrome plated brass. We believe it's a car hood/bonnet ornament from a car that belonged to my great grandmother in England - probably sometime between 1920 and 1940.
* We believe it's a car hood/bonnet ornament from a car that belonged to my great grandmother in England - probably sometime between 1920 and 1940.
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* We've seen kinda-similar items on Pontiac cars - but they have thicker bases and are somewhat different in form.
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* There are various letters engraved:
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An identical hood ornament was sold in Paris, described as: "''Mascotte "'''Tête d'Indien'''" H. Briand éditeur à Paris. Bronze argenté. Monture déportée pour fixation d'un thermomètre. H : 8cm''" [http://www.artcurial.com/en/asp/fullCatalogue.asp?salelot=2107+++++++7+&refno=10378288 HERE]
** At the tip of one of the headdress feathers on the left, it says "H'ADY".
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** Across the left side of the base, it says "H Buana" (although that last 'a' might be a 'd')
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Briand was a pseudonym of the Art Deco sculptor Marcel Bouraine, working out of the Le Verrier foundry in Paris.  And another "Tête d'Indien"; "Estimation €300 - €500  : Sold for €319. They have dated it to the 1920s. Briand also did cockerels, peacocks, snakes, Minerva's head and a cherub riding a pair of horses.  It is considerably more valuable than the $35 to $60 that most car mascots sell for.  The one in that auction photograph (at right here) is heavily worn - there are many places where the chrome has worn away, where mine is pristine. That presumably puts mine at the higher price point.
** Across the right side of the base, it says "Ed PARIS".
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Object is approx 10cm tall, 8cm wide and has a 2.8cm hole in the base. It's very heavy and appears to be made from chrome plated brass. We believe it's a car hood/bonnet ornament from a car that belonged to my great grandmother in England - probably sometime between 1920 and 1940.

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An identical hood ornament was sold in Paris, described as: "Mascotte "Tête d'Indien" H. Briand éditeur à Paris. Bronze argenté. Monture déportée pour fixation d'un thermomètre. H : 8cm" HERE

Briand was a pseudonym of the Art Deco sculptor Marcel Bouraine, working out of the Le Verrier foundry in Paris. And another "Tête d'Indien"; "Estimation €300 - €500  : Sold for €319. They have dated it to the 1920s. Briand also did cockerels, peacocks, snakes, Minerva's head and a cherub riding a pair of horses. It is considerably more valuable than the $35 to $60 that most car mascots sell for. The one in that auction photograph (at right here) is heavily worn - there are many places where the chrome has worn away, where mine is pristine. That presumably puts mine at the higher price point.