Rolls-Royce "Spirit of Ecstasy" Hood Ornament

Summary

Many early 20th century luxury automobile manufacturers outfitted their vehicles with hood ornaments or mascots. These decorative mascots were not only an advertisement for the company, but were also a symbol of the car owner's wealth and good taste. Rolls-Royce affixed versions of this windswept mascot designed by Charles Sykes to the fronts of their models.

Many early 20th century luxury automobile manufacturers outfitted their vehicles with hood ornaments or mascots. These decorative mascots were not only an advertisement for the company, but were also a symbol of the car owner's wealth and good taste. Rolls-Royce affixed versions of this windswept mascot designed by Charles Sykes to the fronts of their models.

Artifact

Hood ornament

Subject Date

1911

Creators

Sykes, Charles R., 1875-1950 

Creator Notes

Designed by Charles Robinson Sykes in 1911

 On Exhibit

On Loan - Shanghai Auto Museum (Anting, Shanghai, China)

Object ID

2005.0.25.1

Credit

From the Collections of The Henry Ford.

Material

Silver (Metal)

Inscriptions

etched proper left of base, by woman's feet: ROLL [illegible] OYCE TO FEB 6 1911

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