Collectible Hood Ornaments
Choose your Category of collectible Hood Ornaments!
Collectible hood ornaments are considered collectors' pieces not just for their age, but also for their artistic value. Mostly associated with luxury cars, collectible hood ornaments come in surprisingly large varieties, and are not restricted to this particular category. In fact sometimes collectors base their collection of collectible hood ornaments, purely on artistic value.
Also known as mascots, collectible hood ornaments can be categorized as ‘factory' mascots or ‘accessory' mascots. Factory mascots were manufactured by the car manufacturer, while ‘accessory' mascots were made by jewelers or artisans. This is one reason why accessory mascots are considered the most valuable amongst collectible hood ornaments.
Before you begin collecting, decide on the category of collectible hood ornaments that you wish to collect. You can base it on the type of material used to make the hood ornament, which mostly includes nickel or chrome-plated zinc, though you may come across collectible hood ornaments in brass, bronze, glass, pewter, and polished aluminum as well. You could also base your collection on different periods in history, as each manufacturer had a different style for hood ornaments during different periods in time.
Remember that most hood ornaments end up with dents and pits so it is hard to find collectible hood ornaments in mint condition. If you are looking for original pieces, you might find that they usually come with a high price tag, especially collectible hood ornaments which were made by designers, or belonged to popular luxury brands. Now it is not necessary that you need to always buy the original thing, you could also opt to buy replicas instead.
Asking your local car dealers about people who make hood ornament replicas is a great way to start. In fact, if you have a classic car dealership in your neighborhood, this would be the best place for some information on other collectors, or great shops. But there are many collectible hood ornaments that will not make a hole in your pocket, and going for the original in such cases will increase the value of your collection. Ford, Chrysler, Kaiser and Buick collectible hood ornaments are not as expensive as the ones from Rolls Royce, Auburn and Cord.
You can sometimes find fantastic collectible hood ornaments in auto salvage yards. Flea markets and yard sales are other great places to look for hood ornaments on old automobiles. If you come across a collectible hood ornament on an old car, ask the owner if s/he will let you have just the ornament. The Internet is another source of not just handy information, but also some mind blowing deals. Be sure that you can spot the difference between a replica and the real thing, before you make any purchase.
Once you start your collection, take special care of your collectible hood ornaments, as they will not be of much value if they get corroded or pitted. Store them in a completely moisture free environment and keep them polished. Keeping your eyes open for invaluable pieces at unlikely places, is a great way of ensuring that you add priceless collectible hood ornaments to your collection.