Sterling-Knight Radiator Emblem

This Sterling-Knight radiator emblem came from a Sterling Knight automobile produced in Warren, Ohio between 1923 and 1926. The company was founded in Cleveland in 1920 by Pete Sterling, who used his experience as engineer of the F. B. Stearns Company to design the car. The Sterling-Knight automobile was an assembled car, as most of the components were manufactured by other companies and assembled into the Sterling-Knight. The company did manufacture its own engine, licensing the Knight sleeve-valve design. The company went bankrupt in 1926. The radiator emblem is blue, with gold text that reads “STERLING/KNIGHT.”
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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Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center

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