Decorative car mascots


The Hood Ornament Flickr pool features an impressive range of antique car mascots from the age when motor vehicles were emblazoned with mythological motifs and pedestrian safety was an afterthought. Most of them tend to be Art Deco-styled but a few display the florid elegance of Art Nouveau, a design trend that was being eclipsed as car ownership became more popular. I have one of these sphinx mascots, the trademark of Armstrong Siddeley motors for several decades. I always thought the similarity to London’s Embankment sphinxes was a coincidence but it appears not.

Previously on { feuilleton }
The Feminine Sphinx
Lalique’s dragonflies
The Decorative Age
Frémiet’s Lizard

2 thoughts on “Decorative car mascots”

  1. Hi Alyx. Thanks for the link, I love Lalique’s work. You reminded me I’d made a post before which I forgot to add to the “Previously” list. That included his amazing dragonfly mascot.

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