Elegant Hood Ornaments

Elegant hood ornaments and radiator mascots once decorated the tops of radiators on early American automobiles and were placed there to make the vehicle look good. Orginally they were made to replace the often plane radiator caps. When the radiator was concealed under the hood the hood ornament were still used on the hood. Hood ornaments were often works of art and are now highly prized by collectors.

The radiator mascot first started with the invention of the Boyce Moto-Meter used to measure water temperature. H. H. Boyce pantented this device in 1912 and the radiator mascot and hood ornament grew from his invention.


Boyce Moto-Meter
Boyce Moto-Meter Radiator Thermometer

Popular Hood Ornaments


Boyce Moto-Meters
Boyce Moto-Meter Radiator Thermometers


Radiator Mascots
Radiator Mascots


Elegant Hood Ornaments
Elegant Hood Ornament


Classic Hood Ornaments
Classic Hood Ornament


Classic Hood Ornaments
UFO Hood Ornament Designed by Alex Tremulis