Blackhawk Radiator Emblem

This radiator emblem belonged to a Blackhawk automobile that was produced by the Clark Manufacturing Company of Moline, Illinois around 1903. Two models of the Blackhawk were produced, a single-cylinder engine runabout sold for $750 and a dual-cylinder phaeton cost $850. The Blackhawk was only produced for a single year in 1903, but Clark would return to the automobile market in later years. The circular silver emblem has a black feather laying over a red circle, above the text “BLACK/HAWK” in black.
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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