|Old Bill, in bust form. Old Bill was a jovial, walrus moustached British Tommy wearing a scarf. Made popular in The Bystander's Fragments From France, a magazine which was published during the First World War. The mascot was introduced shortly after. |
He was based on one of many Bairnsfather cartoon characters. Made from bronze or an oxidized silver finish - as in this example.
Three sizes, for cars and motorcycles. Things to note are the bullet hole in his hat and the Bruce Bairnsfather signature on top. Also a reg. number stamped around the rim.
Old Bill was produced by the Lejeune company who still holds the original patterns for the mascots and will still produce them to special order.