This bronze mother mold of a car mascot dates back to Austria around 1925. It was manufactured by the Weber & Ruhl Company who created hood ornaments for Steyr automobiles.
The depiction features a beautiful Egyptian princess wearing nothing besides some harem pants and an elaborate headdress. She is depicted cross-legged with both arms folded in front of her chest. The lovely beauty boasts youthful breasts and graceful facial features with a contemplative expression.
This piece is also listed in Michel Legrand's book "Mascottes passion" under the reference number 51.
COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: Austria.
DATE: Circa 1925.
MARKS: Signed "Weber & Ruhl" on the base.
MATERIAL: Copper bronze.
MANUFACTURING TECHNIQUE: Casting & chase work.
SIZE: Height is 6.1 inches.
CONDITION: ORIGINAL as found condition with casting imperfections & irregularities as it is common with mother molds. NO RESTORATION!
The Austrian automobile manufacturer Steyr, since 2001 Magna Steyr, had a lively history and many fathers. In 1864 Josef and Franz Werndl founded an Arms Factory and Sawmill in Steyr, Upper Austria. Johann Puch founded his First Styrian Bicycle Factory in 1899. In the same year Eduard Bierenz, personal friend of Gottlieb Daimler, set up the Austrian Daimler Motors Inc. Puch's Bicycle Factory changed its name into PUCHWERKE AG in 1914 and in 1926 Josef and Franz Werndl renamed their company STEYR-WERKE AG. 1928 the Austrian Daimler Inc. and the Puchwerke AG merged and in 1934 this new Austro Daimler Puch Inc. merged again with the Steyr-Werke forming the widely known company Steyr-Daimler-Puch.
In March, 2006, a half-sized version of this piece sold on eBay for $950.00.
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