Sayers & Scovill Radiator Emblem


This radiator emblem belonged to a Sayers brand automobile that was manufactured by the Sayers & Scovill Company of Cincinnati, Ohio around 1924. Sayers & Scovill concentrated their manufacturing on trucks, hearses, and ambulances, producing few passenger vehicles until their last few years of existence, which were called the S & S. The S & S was often used as a hearse, but could also be used as a passenger vehicle. The Sayers were exclusively built on 118 inch wheelbases with six cylinder engines, and sold from $1295 to $3295. This dented emblem reads “S&S” in red in the center, the rim reads “THE SAYERS & SCOVILL CO/CINCINNATI” in raised letters.

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.

Location: Currently not on view

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Credit Line: Hubert G. Larson

Data Source: National Museum of American History

Id Number: TR.325528.215Accession Number: 260303Catalog Number: 325528.215

Object Name: emblem, radiatorOther Terms: emblem, radiator; Road; Automobile


Record Id: nmah_840312

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