Rusty Bowtie

General Category => General Discussion - Intros => Topic started by: chopper526 on January 05, 2018, 06:29:19 PM

Title: What's this??
Post by: chopper526 on January 05, 2018, 06:29:19 PM
A friend of mine gave this to me. I never saw one before. Who knows what it is? Obviously it is a flag holder, but where does it go? It looks quite old and the front of the shield shows the faint remnants of the stars and stripes. I think it fits into an exhaust pipe, and during parades the exhaust gas would blow the flags out. The white crinkled ends look like dried out or melted rubber.
Title: Re: What's this??
Post by: EDNY on January 05, 2018, 07:19:14 PM
Could the (4) legs be extended outward to attach to a front or rear license plate?
Title: Re: What's this??
Post by: chopper526 on January 05, 2018, 07:40:31 PM
Thanks for the reply, Ed. No, they collapse inward easily enough (with springy tension) but there is no way you could pull them apart very far without bending them, an inch maximum.
Title: Re: What's this??
Post by: TFoch on January 05, 2018, 08:55:06 PM
I've seen some that attach to the center of the front bumper.  Would love to get one for my 33.
Title: Re: What's this??
Post by: 62131 on January 05, 2018, 09:04:21 PM
How big are the curved ends with the white crinkle rubber on them?: Are big enough to fit around a light bulb like front porch light buib?   
Title: Re: What's this??
Post by: EDNY on January 05, 2018, 09:30:34 PM
Could it work somehow in the radiator crank hole?
Title: Re: What's this??
Post by: chopper526 on January 05, 2018, 10:25:28 PM
It could possibly fit around a light bulb but I don't think that's the application. I am think you cracked the mystery, Ed. I think it would fit into a crank hole.
Title: Re: What's this??
Post by: 62131 on January 05, 2018, 11:03:06 PM
Just thinking out of the box ;)
Title: Re: What's this??
Post by: ghost28 on January 06, 2018, 12:45:40 PM
looks like it might go over a trailor ball?
Title: Re: What's this??
Post by: chopper526 on January 08, 2018, 12:08:29 PM
looks like it might go over a trailor ball?

Good point Ghost. OK, crank hole or hitch ball.......maybe light bulb.
Title: Re: What's this??
Post by: 62131 on January 08, 2018, 04:16:53 PM
I'll vote for the crank hole, I did a search on the web for antique car flag displays but didn't find anything that looked like the picture.
Title: Re: What's this??
Post by: scottyvt on January 17, 2018, 11:18:59 AM
I think my guess would be that it goes over the radiator neck and on the radiator cap of an early car - '20s/ very early '30s - where the radiator neck protrudes through the top of the radiator shell.  Crank hole maybe, but I think too low.
Title: Re: What's this??
Post by: 62131 on January 17, 2018, 06:14:16 PM
I think my guess would be that it goes over the radiator neck and on the radiator cap of an early car - '20s/ very early '30s - where the radiator neck protrudes through the top of the radiator shell.  Crank hole maybe, but I think too low.


You know you might be right, grips around the neck of the radiator underneath the cap.
Title: Re: What's this??
Post by: chopper526 on January 17, 2018, 07:59:45 PM
Great answer scottyvy! You might have the best one yet. I wish I could find something that verifies where it goes. Thanks for the input.