Vintage Persons Majestic Eagle Head Hood Ornament NR

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  • Item Category: Transportation and Vehicles
  • Source: eBay
  • Sold Date: Dec 06,2006
  • Channel: Online Auction

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Vintage Persons Majestic Eagle Head Hood Ornament NR

DESCRIPTION:

In 1971 our consignor bought a house built in 1912 by Charles Persons who was the owner of the Persons Majestic Company based in Worchester Massachusetts. Up for bid is a very unique lighted hood ornament that says Persons Majestic and made in Czechoslovakia. Our consignor, who is 77 years old, was told by Charles Persons son that this was hand cast in Europe w the best glass work was done at that time. The son, Robert Persons sold the house to our consignor. Charles Persons had been dead for many years prior. We recently had two appraisals done on this item.

The first appraisal was done by Rachael Goldman, MA Ph.D. Candidate in Art History CUNY-GC Senior Certified Member Appraisers Association of America Assumptions and Limiting Conditions.

She noted that this is a hand molded glass ornament which was affixed to a car and even later to architectural elements of a house. This was designed by an unknown firm, because it has not been signed in any significant way, but judging from the hand decoration it was made in the early part of the Art Deco period w the images of Greco-Roman imagery was placed into advertising.

The second appraisal was done by Appraised By: Nan Ehemann

"Appraiser Comments: Hello,

Your Eagle Head car mascot was made during the 1930s produced and signed by the Persons Majestic Company, Worcester Massachusetts. This was sold in 1932 through the retail chain of Nil Mellor 119 West 57th Street New York. It was offered for sale with or without an illuminated base which was extra. Persons Majestic was a rival to Lalique's car mascots. Your Eagle Head is an original Persons Majestic car mascot. Persons Majestic mascots were made under license in Czechoslovakia.

Persons Majestic car mascots are popular collectibles and much sought after. The original mascots made by Lalique command a high price of up to 5 digits.

Person's Majestic was not the only company making these hood ornaments. Others were: Red-Ashay, Great Britain; Warren-Kessler, Great Britain; Ernest Marius Sabino, Paris, and the Corning Glass Co., of New York.

Lalique named their Eagle Head Tete d'aigle produced in 1928. The Horse's Head, Spirit of the Wind and Eagles Head were marketed in the thirties in the U.S. by the Persons Majestic Manufacturing Company of Worcester, Mass., as a direct rival to Lalique.

It appears Persons Majestic mascots were not made for any particular automobile. Many hood ornaments were made to fit when ordered. The glass sat into bases that adjusted to the automobiles shape. FYI: All original Lalique mascots were mounted with Breves Gallery mounts of two basic sizes- Larger bases to fit the larger size mascots, and a smaller version to fit the smaller mascots. The full Breves Gallery Knightsbridge address was always impressed on the outside of the illuminated base types."

MEASUREMENTS - approximate

5 3/4 inches long. 4 1/5 tall. The base is about 2 1/2 inches.

CONDITION :

Dusty The brown light base the item is pictured on is NOT included About Appraiser Nan Ehemann

Nan has always had a love for antiques with an avid curiosity to learn more about them, however her main passion lies with glass.

She is a native of Ohio and has been involved in buying and selling online since 1995 with her website. With over 400 reference books it's no wonder that some of her friends say she collects books! Nan also maintains an extensive collection of elegant depression glass and art glass.

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