Aug 23, 2014

FRANKLIN / USA

In 1902 Herbert H. Franklin together with  the  engineer John Wilson founded the FRANKLIN AUTOMOBILE COMPANY in Syracuse N.Y.
They built the world´s most successful air-cooled cars before WW 1.
Their slogan was: AURA VINCIT (that means: "Air conquers")
In 1902 they sold 13 cars. Their best year was 1929 when they produced 14,432 cars.
In 1933 they offered a luxury V-12 engine, only up to 200 cars were built with this engine.  The next year FRANKLIN went bankrupt.


To my knowledge the first enamelled car emblem was mounted on the hood  in 1921, before there were scripts only.

Here  is the first of 10 different FRANKLIN emblems. It looks like an emblem for an electric car but FRANKLIN never built them.


FRANKLIN radiator emblem

Dimensions
4.5 cm x  7.9 cm

Year
 1922 

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FRANKLIN emblem with AURA VINCIT slogan

Dimensions
 4.5 cm x 7.9 cm
Year
1921 -  1924
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they screwed the emblem on the grill as there was no water behind


This is a real rarity, but I can´t date it precisely

Dimensions
4.2 cm x  8.2 cm

Year
 unknown

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Here is the first round FRANKLIN emblem. FA is for FRANKLIN AUTOMOBILES



Dimensions
 4.8 cm 
Year
1927 
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FA emblem made in German silver


Dimensions
 5.1 cm 
Year
unknown
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round FRANKLIN emblem


Dimensions
 6.3 cm 
Year
1928 -  1929
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This emblem is smaller and there is no chrome


Dimensions
 5.5 cm 
Year
unknown
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chromed round FRANKLIN emblem  - reverese with maker´s mark from DL AULD



Dimensions
 4.9 cm 
Year
unknown
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large FRANKLIN grill emblem

Dimensions
 10.2 cm x 8.4 cm
Year
1930
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Property of the Murray Shears collection
Dimensions10.2 cm  x 8.4  cm 
Year1933

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For more beautiful car emblems see top right (list of car makers)



1 comment:

  1. I have a FRANKLIN emblem with AURA VINCIT slogan necklace, silver with black enamel. Approximately how much is this worth?

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