Rolls Royce Radiator Emblem

This radiator emblem belonged to a Rolls Royce Automobile manufactured before in 1934. Rolls Royce was originally a British import, but in 1921 Rolls-Royce of America, Inc. began the manufacture of Rolls in Springfield, Massachusetts. The American manufacture of Rolls-Royce automobiles ceased in 1935 when the company went bankrupt. This radiator emblem has interlocking “R”’s with “Rolls” above and “Royce” below in red enamel. After 1934 the Rolls-Royce emblem was in black enamel, dating this emblem prior to 1934.
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
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Work and Industry: Transportation, Road
Radiator Emblems
Road Transportation
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center

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