[collectibles] Unusual Jaguar (?) hood ornament

Hi all -

This is a copy of a post i sent to the XL list a couple of days ago, but it
attracted little interest. i would love to know where this hood ornament
came from, and if it is “genuine” - there is nothing like it in Ian
cooling’s book…

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I was prowling around eBay the other day looking for spectacular Jaguar
bargains (none found) when I came across an auction of what looks to me
like a VERY unusual Jaguar hood ornament/mascot. It looks like a cross
between the earlier SS1 radator cap/grille badge and the later Mark IV/V
badge, but with the addition of a bas-relief “growler”. I didn’t bid on it,
and have no idea if it is genuine. I think it sold for about $80. I saved a
pic of it from the eBay site, so if anyone would like to see it or thinks
they might be able to identify it I would be happy to email the pic.

Does anyone happen to know when the “growler” first appeared as a Jaguar
emblem? I believe the “leaper” first appeared in the late 30’s as a
dealer-supplied option so it does have a long and honourable history…

Cheers,
Loudon-

Loudon

Thanks for the off list pic - I’ve put it on the Photo Album for you
(best public place if anyone else wants to ask similar questions that
need a pic):
http://www.jag-lovers.org/snaps/snap_view.php3?id=954518916

It’s a Mk VII radiator emblem/mascot and in nice condition by the look
of it.

I think the growler first appeared a little earlier on the XK120 but I
stand to be corrected? The leaper (as in the official Jag one) did
indeed appear in the late 30s. In fact, I did a short page on it here
showing the original advert a while back:

http://www.jag-lovers.org/collectibles/mascotad38.html

Regards

TonyOn Thu, 30 Mar 2000 21:16:27 -0500, Loudon Seth wrote:

Hi all -

This is a copy of a post i sent to the XL list a couple of days ago, but it
attracted little interest. i would love to know where this hood ornament
came from, and if it is “genuine” - there is nothing like it in Ian
cooling’s book…

— Original message follows —

I was prowling around eBay the other day looking for spectacular Jaguar
bargains (none found) when I came across an auction of what looks to me
like a VERY unusual Jaguar hood ornament/mascot. It looks like a cross
between the earlier SS1 radator cap/grille badge and the later Mark IV/V
badge, but with the addition of a bas-relief “growler”. I didn’t bid on it,
and have no idea if it is genuine. I think it sold for about $80. I saved a
pic of it from the eBay site, so if anyone would like to see it or thinks
they might be able to identify it I would be happy to email the pic.

Does anyone happen to know when the “growler” first appeared as a Jaguar
emblem? I believe the “leaper” first appeared in the late 30’s as a
dealer-supplied option so it does have a long and honourable history…

Cheers,
Loudon-


Tony (Sussex, UK) [1998 XKR Coupe]
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