Erskine Radiator Emblem

This radiator emblem belonged to an Erskine brand automobile that was manufactured by the Studebaker Corporation of South Bend, Indiana from 1927 until 1930. Four different models, the 50, 51, 52, and 53 were produced in seven different body types, with a total production of about 95,000 cars. This shield-shaped black emblem has gold-rimmed white lettering that reads “ERSKINE” above a rectangular white and black flag with a gold sword in the center.
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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