Sheffield Radiator Emblem

This radiator emblem belonged to an automobile manufactured by the Sheffield Car Company of Three Rivers, Michigan during the early 20th century. Sheffield began as a company that manufactured velocipede (human-powered) hand cars for railways beginning around 1877. Around 1896 Sheffield began to equip their light rail cars with small gasoline engines, providing us the earliest date for this emblem. Sheffield mainly manufactured rail cars until it was merged with Fairbanks, Morse, & Company in 1919. The emblem reads “SHEFFIELD CAR CO./LIGHT CARS/THREE RIVERS, MICH./MOTOR CAR NO.”
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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