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    I saw this at an antique store, it's made of plaster, the wheel is 17" diameter, it does not say anything on the banner on the back side. The guy said it went near the entry of a building, similar to a lion "entry gaurd" you see regularly. Anybody ever seen one in place, got a pic, or know what it might be worth?

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    A reproduction of the wheel that was placed atop the Studebaker Proving Ground brick posts. Originally there were 34 of them located along state route 2 six miles west of South Bend.

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    Richard Quinn
    Editor emeritus: Antique Studebaker Review

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    • #3
      At first I thought it was a globe fixture hanging from the ceiling.
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      • #4
        Were these originally made of plaster? It appears it might be emameled iron to me.
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        • #5
          Not Plaster or Steel/Metal, a material similar to Plaster that would survive the Outdoor Weather, as the Building Top Wheel Emblems were.
          StudeRich
          Second Generation Stude Driver,
          Proud '54 Starliner Owner

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          • #6
            That sort of describes this one. It appears to have an outer shell, of a dense smooth (non porous) plaster like material that is slightly Ivory in color and is filled with a white more plaster of paris like material. It does not appear to have ever been painted, with the possible exception of the small round base at it's bottom. The lower corner of the banner is cut flat, paralell with the horizion, which is obviously incorrect, perhaps it was a reject? The guy said he had three of them but sold two. He's asking $1000 for it.
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            • #7
              Terra Cotta
              Richard Quinn
              Editor emeritus: Antique Studebaker Review

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              • #8
                Wow, for that kinda money maybe we oughta go into production ourselves?

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                • #9
                  Looks just like the one I bought at an online auction about 2 years ago -- think it was about $200

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