Feb 16, 2019


La Perle (= The Pearl ) was founded by Mr. Louis Lefevre in Boulogne-sur-Seine near Paris in 1913.
The first vehicle was a cyclecar with a vee-shaped radiator. A regular production with own engines started  in 1922. La Perle exhibited at the Paris Salon for the first time in 1924. Now they   offered four-cylinder and six-cylinder engines. They also had successes on the race track.  Production ceased in 1927.  Three cars have survived. If you believe the automobile historian Serge Pozzoli total production of all cars was less than hundred.

11.7 cm x   3.0 cm

 1922 - 1927 


backside without makers mark

contemporary  advertisment

La Perle race car. If you look closer you can even see the emblem
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Feb 10, 2019

AFEA / Italy

AFEA was to me a very obscure car  until I found an advertisment published in 1922.
There you read  that this car was made by OFFICINE MECCANICHE  ACHILLE ANDREOLI & FIGLI in Codrigoro / Ferrara  / Italy.
They used a FIAT chassis and probably a FIAT engine. The result was a well designed Grand Tourismo car.        Production numbers are not known for the AFEA but must have been very low.

firewall emblem
Three stars only as FIAT automobilia isn´t  so expensive.

Dimension 10.0 cm x 6.8 cm
Yearca. 1920

backside without makers mark

1922 advertisment

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Feb 2, 2019

MUCHOW / Germany

The German ELITE Werke ( 1914 to 1929 see my post ELITE/GER  ) also built trucks.   A member of the management board,  Mr. Paul Muchow acquired the Berlin part of the premises during a financial crisis of ELITE in 1928.
There he built under his name convential and electric trucks especially for municipal street cleaning.
Production numbers are unknown.  It is doubtful that more than hundred trucks were produced.

large truck emblem
11.0 cm
1928 - 1931

backside with enamel to avoid tensions when cooling down the emblem after firing proces

Dimension11.0 cm
Year1928 - 1929

flat reverse without makers mark

 MUCHOW  electric truck for street cleaning

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Jan 25, 2019


Founded in 1871 by Carl Reichstein the Brennabor - Werke were well known for baby buggies, bicycles and motorcycles. The plant was situated south of Berlin in Brandenburg / Havel.
Car production started in 1907. They began with a three-wheeler, called Brennaborette. It had a Fafnir engine. In 1909 they built their first 4-wheeler.
In the nineteentwenties  for a short time Brennabor became the biggest German car maker.
The peak years were 1927 and 1928. The last Brennabor car was built in 1933 but the firm continued to make bicycles and small motorcycles To my knowledge the first enameled radiator emblem was used after WW1 in 1919.

1912 Brennabor firewall emblem
Dimension8 cm x 5 cm

the first enameled radiator emblem was flat

Dimension6.2 cm
Year1919 - 1922

A few years after the first use of the round  emblem showing the letter " B "  the design was patented:
1921 patent document

1922 advertisment showing the famous emblem

Brennabor of the mid-twenties

In 1924 the emblem became vaulted:

the two brackets on top of the emblem are original to fix it ( repros don´t have the brackets )

Dimension5.6 cm x 5.0 cm
Year1923 - 1927

       backside of two originals   left: flat emblem           right: vaulted emblem

Brennabor hearse

1931 brochure for Brennabor commercial vehicles

In 1928 the new BRENNABOR Juwel showed a complex made new radiator emblem:

      5.8 cm  x  7.7 cm with frame   
 1928 - 1932


Pay attention,  there is a very bad repro made by Goede / Germany:

left:   repro                        right: original

                                          left: repro                                right: original with makers mark from
                                                                                          W. DEUMER LUEDENSCHEID

1928 advertisment showing the new emblem

once upon a time it had been a Brennabor Juwel emblem

another BRENNABOR JUWEL radiator emblem waiting for restoration

The Brennabor Juwel had a factory radiator mascot. If there is one for sale don´t hesitate to offer it to me

The last change of the BRENNABOR emblem was in 1933. The new emblem showed the weapon of the town of Brandenburg where the car was made:

this is the rarest of all Brennabor emblems ( one year only )

Dimension  6.4 cm x 6.0 cm


1933 brochure advertising the new model

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Jan 20, 2019

FMA DONAR / Germany

The FRANKFURTER MASCHINENBAU  company  ( FMA ) started to build trucks for the German military under the name " FRANKFURTER " at the and of WW I in 1918.
After the war  trucks were sold under the name of  " DONAR ".
Truck production ceased in 1929 but this firm continued in the compressed air technology.                                        In 1971 the FMA was absorbed by Demag.

large truck emblem showing the hammer of the nordic god Thor

Dimension 21.5 cm x 9.9 cm
Year1928 - 1929


flat reverse without makers mark

rare advertisment showing an early FMA truck

on top of the radiator you can see the enameled emblem

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Jan 11, 2019

GARBATY / Germany

The  GARBATY Auto - Werk were located in Mainz / Germany.  Production was  around 400 cars between 1924 and 1927. We know one survivor in Germany. Mr. Mose Garbaty built an assembled car with a lot of French components, motors etc.. Also the emblem looks like the famous Citroen emblem of the twenties. Even the size is the same.

an ultra rare emblem

Dimension4.6 cm x 6.3 cm
Year1924 - 1927

reverse without makers mark

same size,   same style

rare contemporary advertisment

For more emblems see older posts or  top right of this page ( list of car makers ).