1916 Michelin Man on Tyre Car Mascot, Hood Ornament
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Bibenbdum 'Scrutent L'hoizon', Michelin Tyre Man 'Bibendum' advertising mascot, trade mark mascot of the Michelin Tyre Company. Depicting the famous Tyre manufacture figure kneeling down on a Michelin tyre, looking into the distance, his other hand outstretched. 1916 earliest example. Superb heavy silvered metallo-bronze. Made by Ets Generes, Paris. Full foundry stampings 'Generes et Cie', plus 'Made in France' moulded clearly under base, plus factory moulded marking 'Michelin Cable' on the top of the tyre. Very few examples of this exceptionally rare mascot were made, and few exist today in this superb condition. One for the serious mascot collector.

Another example is shown in 'Mascottes Automobiles' book by Michel Legrand, plate 463, plus photographed on the back page in colour. Also depicted in 'Motoring Mascots of the World' book by Bill Williams, plate 526.
Dimensions : 115mm high.
Condition : Wonderful fine casting detail, the original plating is still bright and intact, with outstanding patination that only the gentle passing of 86 years could ever produce. The original heavy mounting stud and nut are still in place and in excellent condition. Usually the base portion is found to be in very poor condition due to the fragility of the metallo-bronze, oxidation, stress and age, but this example is in superb condition. The left hand has a small portion of very old solder at cuff, this could mean very old repair, or simply strengthening to help with stress, but impossible to tell, without removal, and then the lovely patination of 86 years is lost forever. Mounted on a wooden display base.

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