Moline-Knight Radiator Emblem

This radiator emblem belonged to a Moline-Knight automobile manufactured by the Moline Automobile Company of East Moline, Illinois from 1914 until 1919. The Moline-Knight was an automobile with a Moline body and a Knight engine. Around 1905 Charles Yale Knight invented a new, quieter engine that used sleeve valves instead of the poppet valves commonly used. Many companies during this period used Knight engines and hyphenated their brands with Knight to market them as such. The Moline-Knight was launched as a modest car. It was one of the first models to feature a long-stroke (6 inches) engine. In 1919 it was renamed the R&V Knight, and continued automobile manufacturing until 1924. This emblem has a central shield featuring an image of Sir Galahad with his horse, flanked on either side by the white text “MOLINE/KNIGHT” on a blue enamel background.
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
ID Number
accession number
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Radiator Emblems
Road Transportation
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Radiator Emblems
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Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center

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