Antique Model Car Mystery?
Does anyone have any ideas about these? Large unknown scale...
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Very cool models.
I cannot help. But intrigued by the writing on the base, 'Avenue Du Onze Novembre' obviously refers to the WWI armistice, so by the time they'd renamed whatever the street was, your models are likely post about 1920. The name Jean-Marie Brasseur (Le Brasseur) is not uncommon and indeed is an historic French name, so whilst the script is rubbed, this may be a pointer.
There is an Avenue Du Onze Novembre at Perraux Sur Marne (as in the first battle of WWI, at Marne). And Selas is French for Saddles - note the little logo shows a bicycle rather than a car and bicycles use saddles.
Perhaps our model maker was a saddle manufacturer in Marne, who turned his handywork to a hobby of automobiles? The models are definitely French.
@charles-rockett Merci beaucoup! I did see Avenue Du Onze Novembre in Perraux on google maps, but tht is as far as I got.
@karl If someone were seriously interested, they might go over to Perraux for a holiday: visit the battle sights, (which I know some people are keen to do) and also the local Mairie to trawl through records of businesses on Avenue Du Onze Novembre. Though to go to such expense over such a hunch would take "serious" interest!
On an entirely different matter, I saw an article of yours on maronline regarding Enchantment Land Coachbuilders and found I was the proud owner of quite a number (10) of the exact models (some; one-offs) you listed. I was keen to get 1920s American models for my collection and was fortunate enough to track-down Jerry Rettig and managed to buy some models from him (as well as engage in some rewarding correspondence, too). Unfortunately some are in London and a few with me, but hopefully, if I ever get my life and car collection together, I'll do a little post on Jerry's models.