This radiator emblem belonged to an Argonne automobile that was manufactured by the Argonne Motor Car Company of Jersey City, New Jersey between 1919 and 1920. The Argonne, named after the forest in France, featured a four-cylinder engine that was sold from $4000 to $4700. The emblem reads “Argonne.”
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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