Hood ornaments, also known as automobile mascots, are mostly non-existent on the cars of today. For the cars of the 20’s and 30’s though, a shiny mascot on the end of your hood let everyone know you had arrived. Artists, like famed glass craftsman Renee Lalique, and sculptor Charles Robinson Sykes, created windswept figurines for several European automobiles that helped define their luxury brands. US auto manufacturers were quick to emulate their stately rivals by decorating the radiator caps of their vehicles with everything from leaping animals to Native American Figureheads. Even utilitarian vehicles like a 1936 Chevy pick up truck could be elevated when sporting a graceful and aerodynamic bird in flight.