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Sale Date: 8th December 2009

Lot Number: 311
Rolls-Royce 'Whisper' Mascot

Rolls-Royce 'Whisper' Mascot
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Sold For £1,687

The rarest & perhaps most sought after of all Rolls-Royce mascots, the 'Whisper' mascot was produced after John Walter Edward Scott-Montague, the second Lord Montagu of Beaulieu, commissioned his friend Charles Sykes to sculpt a personal mascot for the bonnet of his Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost; Sykes chose Eleanor Thornton as his model, her being the secret love & secretary of Lord Montague. Sykes set about crafting the figurine of her in fluttering robes, pressing a finger against her lips, symbolising the secrets of their love. The figurine was consequently christened The Whisper & was reputedly optionally fitted to other 40-50HP Silver Ghost cars of the c1911 - 1914 period. This example, offered in very good condition, retains it nickel-silver plating over the bronze base metal, with correct Charles Sykes signature. Highly attractive & a great opportunity to purchase one of the rarest motor mascots produced.

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