Briscoe Motor Company Radiator Emblem


This radiator emblem belonged to a Briscoe automobile that was manufactured by the Briscoe Motor Corporation of Jackson, Michigan from 1914 until 1921. Early Briscoe models featured a distinctive (but in some states illegal) single headlamp that was replaced in later models by the more conventional dual headlamps. The Briscoe came in a variety of models and by 1821 sold from $185 to $1885. This emblem has a white background, red trim, and reads “BRISCOE” in red lettering.

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.325528.034Accession Number: 260303Catalog Number: 325528.034

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


Record Id: nmah_840475

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