Edwards-Knight Motor Company Radiator Emblem

This radiator emblem came from the Edwards-Knight automobile produced by the Edwards Motor Car Company of New York, New York from 1912 until 1913. The company was built on the partnership of C. G. Stoddard, Henry J. Edwards and Charles Yale Knight. Knight had invented a new, quieter engine that used sleeve valves instead of the poppet valves commonly used. Edwards-Knight automobiles were only produced for a single year, but Knight’s engine was licensed by several other companies, and the Edwards-Knight license went on to the Willys-Knight automobile. The circular emblem has a white background with a gold interlocked “EK” in the center with “EDWARDS/KNIGHT” in gold lettering around the rim.
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.
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Object Name
emblem, radiator
ID Number
accession number
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Radiator Emblems
Road Transportation
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Radiator Emblems
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Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center

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