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She'll occasionally take her 1917 REO food shopping and leave it parked in the center of the Foodtown parking lot so everyone can get a good look at it, with its wooden wheels and chain drive. "It's a real fun car," she confided with a big smile on her face. And, in addition to her impressive stable of collector vehicles, she is also the owner of one of the most perfect (if not the most perfect) collections of all 30 René Lalique crystal automotive mascots in existence today. René Lalique (1860-1945) was famous for beautiful glass which he made from the 1890's to 1940. René Lalique glass production was quite extensive and varied ranging from clocks, mirrors, perfume bottles and decorative vases. Lalique added car mascots (radiator ornaments) to his production between 1915-1925. A full range of the "thirty mascot designs" were produced that would grace the autos of Hispano-Suiza, Isotta Fraschini, Bugatti, Bentley, etc. The mascots were made from "very high quality glass" and provisions were made for them to be illuminated by using
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special metal mounts. All of the mascots in Ches- ney's collection are absolutely flawless they are all authenticated originals (reproductions and count-
Victoire (Spirit of the Wind), one of the Lalique automotive mascots (radiator ornaments) in Chesney's collection of 30. Her rare collection is complete and flawless.
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