Saxon Motor Car Company Radiator Emblem

This radiator emblem belonged to a Saxon automobile that was manufactured by the Saxon Motor Car Company of Detroit, Michigan from 1913 until 1922. Saxon was founded by Hugh Chalmers, before being sold to Harry W. Ford in 1914. By 1917 Saxon was ranked eighth among American car manufacturers. But Harry Ford left at the end of the year to join the Transport Corps of the U.S. Army, before dying December 18, 1918. The blue emblem has a red emblem of a horn-helmeted Saxon, with the white letters “SAXON above.
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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Hubert G. Larson
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