There are many, many different things in the world that people enjoy collecting. For some people, those objects may be collectibles or they may be pieces of work that relate to a field you may be interested in. A good example of this would be someone who enjoys automobiles and different automobile companies deciding to collect hood ornaments.
The problem with beginning a collection is that if you don’t have a clear place to start, you might end up feeling at a loss as to where you should begin. Thankfully, there are a few different areas you can look at to get a good sense of where you should start if you want to collect brand logo ornaments to start your collection.
Understanding the History Behind Them
One of the best ways to begin a collection of items is to consider the origins behind those items. Car ornaments didn’t come into popularity until the late 20th century, rising to the peak of their popularity around the 1980s. It’s highly believed that these ornaments came into existence to try to add some flair to the standard radiator cap on cars, giving specific car brands a personal touch that set them apart from all the other cars on the road.
Back then, the radiator caps sat on top of the car’s hood for everyone to see and ruined the sleek appearance of the car, so it would make sense to try and add some flair so that people aren’t drawn to the large cap on the hood of your car. However, in today’s time, those radiator caps are located underneath the hood, which is one of the main reasons why the hood ornaments are no longer quite as popular.
What this means for your potential collection is that you aren’t going to have much luck looking at modern cars, save for a few very specific automobile brands. Instead, you are going to want to turn your attention to older vehicles, especially cars that were manufactured in the 1980s. Because this was one of the times when these ornaments were at their most popular, it would make sense that you would have a better chance of finding them on cars from that time period. There’s also a much better chance that you will be able to find ornaments for automobile brands that you otherwise wouldn’t be able to find today.
By understanding the origin behind these ornaments, you will have a better sense of where you should begin looking and how you can begin your collection. Starting off on the right foot is one of the best things you can do to get your collection going, as there’s a much better chance that you will be met with more of a selection than you otherwise would if you tried to go about it without knowing much about the topic.
Deciding What Style to Go for
One thing that you will notice as you look at all the hood ornaments is that there are quite a few of them out there. In order to dip your toes into the field of these hood ornaments, you will want to narrow down your choices to being the ones from the brand that you appreciate the appearance of the most.
Most of the hood ornaments from cars had styles that were unique to their automobile brand. After all, back then, the hood ornament was simply a stylish way to cover up the radiator cap, or in other words, a way for automobile brands to add more recognizable branding to their products. As such, most brands of car that sported hood ornaments had their own distinctive appearance. While that appearance may have changed over the decades, chances are that it will still have some unique factors to it.
Because there are so many different types of brand logo ornaments to choose from, it can help you feel a little less overwhelmed by the number of choices there are if you choose to start with a particular brand. The brand you start with could be one that has the longest-running line of hood ornaments if you are interested in the years of production, or it could be from an automobile brand that you have always been loyal to.
Regardless of which brand you choose to start with, starting with one particular brand and ideally a particular decade or year will help you get a sense of how you can search for these ornaments, how the process of collecting them works, and other areas that will prepare you to build a collection of all your favorites.
Learning How to Identify Hood Ornaments
Another thing that you will want to think about is knowing what kinds of styles and appearances these hood ornaments have. This will help you in the long run when trying to establish a collection, as it will ensure that if you pass a hood ornament at a sale, you won’t ignore it because you didn’t realize what it was because it wasn’t attached to the rest of the car. When you know what you are looking for, you will have more opportunities to build your collection.
Keep in mind that just about all automobile brands had their own style of hood ornament. Some styles remained consistent throughout years and potentially decades, while other brands may have seemingly decided to change their design every single year. Depending on what your focus for your collection is, you will want to make sure that you are aware of these differences.
In addition to this, you will want to have a sense of the general shape and size that hood ornaments come in. Most hood ornaments are silver in color and elongated in design. Some may be tall, but almost all of them will have a narrow and thin appearance. Most of them will have an area on the bottom for them to connect to the radiator cap, since this was originally the purpose of these hood ornaments.
A few hood ornaments have their own colors and designs to them, but they often aren’t too complex, usually incorporating small amounts of color and simple designs. For instance, the Dodge Fargo 1948 hood ornament had a blue spherical globe as part of its design while a number of other hood ornaments simply had red markings or stripes to add that small amount of flair to them.
As a whole, hood ornaments weren’t designed to be particularly eye-catching, as something that would be too large would impair one’s ability to drive properly and overly colorful designs may take other drivers’ eyes off the road and onto the hood ornament, potentially causing accidents. In order to avoid this, most automobile brands focused on having simple, silver hood ornaments with the fanciest ornaments having a more defined appearance than others. Chances are that if you have seen one type of older hood ornament, then you have seen the basic shape for all of them.
Knowing what the hood ornaments look like and knowing how to identify ones that may be special in design or coloration is important if you are looking to fill your upcoming collection with unique hood ornaments or if you want to be able to spot something special the next time that you go shopping for them. Keeping these things in mind, your next online search, walk into a used car shop, or investigation at home or antique sales will mean that you will have a better chance of finding and picking up a new ornament for your collection.