In the 1930s Cadillac had used a goddess hood ornament, but the '30s goddess was a full-figured gal in that she was depicted from head to toes. Post-war production updated the lady to a head with horizontal flowing hair or arm/wings - there was no body throughout the rest of her run into 1956. I have been able to acquire an immediate post-war example used from 1946 through '48. This initial design doubled as a hood release.
When I had the display completed and took it into the Senior Center Woodshop to show it off, the first thing Tom said was, "Where's the light?" Which I immediately realized was indeed needed. It has taken me longer to design and install LED lighting than it took to build the stand. Plus I had to add another board to the bottom (plinth) to give room for the light switch.
About a year ago I had obtained a similar Pontiac Chief hood ornament/release. I had mounted it onto a solid block of mesquite with the latch mechanism running down through a slot in the wood block. Pontiac and Cadillac both being divisions of General Motors it is not surprising that this hood-release design was shared. Pontiac's design was much lighter in weight.
And finally the two side-by-side.
I am still trying new show venues to find those that provide the most effective exposure for my works.