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R & V Knight radiator emblem
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Moline Knight radiator emblem

R & V Knight radiator emblem
Catalog #: 325528, Accession #: 260303
In collection
From the Smithsonian Collection
In 1919 the Moline-Knight became the R&V Knight. It was a well built car, although never very popular. One of the first "fully loaded" vehicles, standard features included tire chains and windshield wipers, with cars priced from $2,500-4,000. As opposed to Model T owners who were accustomed to tinkering with their engines and making home repairs, R&V Knight owners who broke the seal around the engine case and made adjustments under the hood voided the two year warranty. To insure warranty protection, all maintenance had to be preformed by an authorized service station.
Physical Description

Dimensions (in mm): 7.7 L x 5.2 W x 0.5 D

Inscriptions: R & V KNIGHT with an image of a knight

Materials: metal

Colors: silver, blue, white

Dates Used:
1920 - 1924
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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