Jan 3, 2021

ELGIN / USA

 ELGIN MOTOR CAR CORPORATION  ( 1916 - 1924 )

  ""The car of the  hour" and "Built like a watch" were scarcely subtle reminders that several executives of the famed Illinois company producing clocks and timepieceshad decided to enter the automotive arena."

That is what you can read about  ELGIN ( 1916 - 1924 ) in Kimes / Clark, 3rd edition.

In the first year, they sold 617 vehicles only. So it is not surprising that the first emblem from 1916 is very rare. The best year was 1920 with 4613 cars sold.From then on production went down continuously and in the last year they sold only 323 cars before production was finally stopped. In 9 years they manufactured 16,784 cars.

 The 1916 emblem  is looking very beautiful and it is very sought after by collectors :


 

Size 6.3 cm x 6.3 cm
Year1916

Estimate

 

 

backside with makers mark from Greenduck Co. Chicago


1916 advertisment presenting the new car and the emblem

 

 As it is a very rare and a very sought after emblem it was reproduced by Harry Pulfer in the nineteensixties.

As you can see, there were many errors in the reproduction. The size has become too small. The letters are filled with red enamel instead of black, the red enamel is opaque instead of transparent. The radiator has a wrong water tank. The letters  ELGIN and the wheels are not on the same level. The reproduction has a flat backside.  Therefore it is quite easy to recognize the  reproduction.

left original                 right  repro







In 1917 the emblem was redesigned. Now there was an emblem showing three interlocking triangles:


Size6.6 cm x 6.0 cm
Year1917 - 1919
Estimate


backside with makers mark from Greenduck Co. Chicago


1917 list of parts showing the new emblem

In 1920 the emblem was redesigned again. Now you find a round emblem where the old emblem is integrated:


Size7.0 cm 
Year1920
Estimate



backside without makers mark



To my knowledge the following emblem is the last before production ceased, but I couldn´t find an advertisment, a brochure or a contemporary photo showing an original car with this particular emblem:

 
Size6.3 cm x 5.6 cm
Year1923 - 1924
Estimate


backside with makers mark (modernized) makers mark from GREENDUCK Co. CHICAGO

 

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Last not least. The following emblem is a mystery. I saw it in the Swigart Museum in Pennsylvania. 

All I know is that it was printed on the stock papers  issued in 1923.



1923 ELGIN share ( one year before the end of this car maufacturer )


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