Lot 20 (Imperial War Museum Duxford, 14th October 2015)
A very good Rolls-Royce Spirit of Ecstasy mascot, manufactured for display on the 40/50HP six cylinder Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost automobile, this being the rarest type, reputedly produced for only six months back in 1911, having various correct period dating features including the hollow under base area & most importantly the words 'Rolls-Royce Limited 6th FEBRUARY 1911' around the base area, as opposed to all later Silver Ghost mascots which read 'Rolls-Royce Ltd FEB 1911'. This rare mascot features the signature of Charles Sykes across the top of the base area and no under-wing markings, which is correct on all pre-World War One examples. A stunning and impressive item of the very finest detail, silver plated finish on bronze base metal, original mounting stud and fittings, mounted to a period display base. The largest, most impressive and rarest of al Rolls-Royce mascots.