R&V Knight Radiator Emblem

In 1919 the Moline-Knight became the R&V Knight. It was a well-built car, although never very popular. One of the first "fully loaded" vehicles, standard features included tire chains and windshield wipers, with cars priced from $2,500-4,000. As opposed to Model T owners who were accustomed to tinkering with their engines and making home repairs, R&V Knight owners who broke the seal around the engine case and made adjustments under the hood voided the two year warranty. To insure warranty protection, all maintenance had to be performed by an authorized service station. This emblem is shield shaped with a raised image of Sir Galahad and his horse in the middle. A black enamel ribbon crosses the shield, with the text “R&V Knight” in white.
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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