Peerless Motor Car Co. Radiator Emblem

This radiator emblem belonged to a Peerless automobile that was manufactured by the Peerless Motor Car Company of Cleveland, Ohio from 1900 until 1931. Peerless produced a variety of models in almost every body style until it closed in 1931. This emblem likely belonged to a model produced in the 1920s. The emblem looks like a radiator grille, with the text “PEERLESS” in blue script.
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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