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Moline Knight radiator emblem
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R & V Knight radiator emblem

Moline Knight radiator emblem
Catalog #: 325,528, Accession #: 260,303
In collection
From the Smithsonian Collection
The Moline-Knight was launched as a modest car. It was one of the first models to feature a long-stroke (6 inches) engine. In 1919 it was renamed the R&V Knight.
Physical Description

Dimensions (in mm): 7.5 L x 12.9 W x 0.9 D

Inscriptions: MOLINE KNIGHT with an image of a knight

Materials: metal

Colors: bronze, blue, white

Dates Used:
1914 - 1919
East Moline, Illinois
Gift of Hubert G. Larson
Radiator emblems were colorful metal plates with a manufacturer's name or logo that attached to the radiators of early automobiles. Varying in shape and size, but never more than a few inches across, the emblems were small branding devices. As vehicles became more popular in a national market, people began associating the company name and logo on different vehicle models with a specific manufacturer. Radiator emblems sometimes indicated the type of engine or place of manufacturing. Other times they appealed directly to a driver's sense of style and class by using iconic images or a catchy motto.

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