Crow-Elkhart Motor Car Company Radiator Emblem

Crow-Elkhart Motor Car Company Radiator Emblem

Description
This radiator badge belonged to a Crow-Elkhart automobile manufactured by the Crow-Elkhart Motor Car Company of Elkhart, Indiana. The company was incorporated by Martin Crow in 1909 and operated until 1924. Crow-Elkhart produced a variety of different car models during its period of production including coupes, sedans, touring cars, and roadsters. This red and white heart-shaped emblem has a red center decorated with a silver elk’s head. Around the head is silver lettering that reads “Crow/Elk/Hart.”
Radiator emblems are small, colorful metal plates bearing an automobile manufacturer's name or logo that attached to the radiators grilles of early automobiles. Varying in shape and size, the emblems served as a small branding device, sometimes indicating the type of engine, place of manufacturing, or using an iconic image or catchy slogan to advertise their cars make and model. This emblem is part of the collection that was donated by Hubert G. Larson in 1964.
Location
Currently not on view
ID Number
TR.325528.066
accession number
260303
catalog number
325528.066
Credit Line
Hubert G. Larson
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Data Source
National Museum of American History

Comments

Hello, my grandfather was an employee of the Crow Elkhart motor car co. Until his untimely death caused by a heart attack at the age of 36 . I believe the year was 1914. His name was Hayden L. Potterf. I was told that he made trial runs with new models at what is now the Indianapolis motor speedway. I am in possession of original photos of the executives in front of the showroom with their new models. I also have a Crow Elkhart radiator badge in excellent condition . My badge differs from the one you have pictured here in that it is trimmed in gold (brass) instead of silver. Possibly taken from a deluxe model?

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