September 22, 2020

WESTCOTT

Westcott Carriage Co. (1909)

Richmond, Indiana

Westcott Motor Car Co.

Richmond, Indiana (1910-1916)

Springfield, Ohio (1916-1925)


This is a Westcott radiator emblem (1911-1912)     mjs
Size: 68mm wide 64mm high    MM: Unknown

The Westcott Carriage Company entered the automotive field in 1909 with a motor buggy but in 1910 the company was reorganized as the Westcott Motor Car Company and introduced a 40 hp four-cylinder car offered both as a five-passenger touring and as a two-passenger roadster. The Westcott was an assembled car but was well built and developed a good reputation. 

A 50 hp six-cylinder model joined the line in 1913 and from 1916 Westcott produced six-cylinder cars only but these were offered in a variety of body styles. In 1916 the company moved to Springfield, Ohio.

Production of the Westcott increased year by year, apart from a slight slow down in 1918 probably due the effects of the First World War. 1921 was the best year for Westcott with the production of 1710 cars but then production began to fall. The company was in receivership early in 1925 and it was all over for the Westcott.

Emblems

The first Westcott highwheeler buggies displayed a rectangular nameplate with cut corners on the top of the radiator, see attached photo:

This is a Westcott highwheeler with a radiator nameplate (1908) 

Close-up showing the nameplate (1908)

Unfortunately, the detail of the Westcott nameplate cannot be seen. If you have a clearer photo, please let me know, in order to update this post.

The Westcott 40 cars introduced in 1910 did not carry a radiator emblem but displayed a brass "Westcott" script on the radiator core, see Westcott advertisement below. 

This is a Westcott ad showing a radiator script (1910)    mm

The Westcott radiator script is also seen on the following original photo from the 1910 Glidden Tour:


This is a Westcott with a radiator script (1910)     dpl

Original Westcott radiator scripts are rare, see example below:


This is a Westcott radiator script (1910-c1914)    mjs
Size: 235mm wide

The Westcott name was also displayed on the hub caps, see example below:

This is an early Westcott hub emblem (c1910)   ms


From about 1911, the Westcott carried the shield shaped, black and white enamel radiator emblem shown above at the top of this post and again below. This Westcott radiator emblem is extremely rare.

This is a Westcott radiator emblem (1911-1912)    mjs
Size: 68mm wide 64mm high     MM: Unknown


The Westcott radiator emblem was changed by 1912, to a round enamel emblem finished in white and black enamel, as shown below. This Westcott radiator emblem is also extremely rare.


This is a Westcott radiator emblem (c1912-1913)    tam
Size: 64mm diameter   MM: Unknown


Westcott advertisements show a change in radiator emblem design for 1913, see below:


This is an ad for the Westcott Six showing the new radiator emblem (1913)   ms

The new black and white enamel Westcott radiator emblem shown below is very rare:


This is a Westcott radiator emblem (1913-1916)     mjs
Size: 57mm diameter    MM: Childs

The Westcott radiator emblem shown below is from a 1915 Westcott on display at the Wayne County Historical Museum in Richmond, Indiana. This Westcott radiator emblem appears to be finished in enamel in the center of the emblem only and is very rare.


This is a Westcott radiator emblem (1915)      wchm
Size: Unknown    MM: Unknown

There was a change in emblem design when Westcott moved to Springfield in 1916, see black enamel Westcott radiator emblem shown below. This Westcott radiator emblem is very rare.

                                                                                 
This is a Westcott radiator emblem (1916-1919)    mjs
Size: 69mm diameter    MM: Unknown

The smaller black enamel Westcott emblem shown below may have been a radiator emblem but more likely it is a hub emblem. However, I cannot confirm this. This Westcott emblem is very rare.

This is a Westcott emblem (c1916-1919)     mjs
Size: 40mm diameter   MM: Unknown

There was a complete change of design for the Westcott radiator emblem used from 1920, see example below. This Westcott radiator emblem is scarce.

This is a Westcott radiator emblem (1920-1925)    mjs
Size: 54mm wide 54mm high    MM: Unknown

Beware, there is a Pulfer reproduction of this Westcott emblem. It has the "WESTCOTT" letters incorrectly finished in orange enamel and has a flat back with no maker's mark, see example below:

This is a reproduction Westcott radiator emblem     ms

Some Westcott models continued to display a nickel plated radiator script into the 1920's, see example below
This is a Westcott car displaying a radiator script (c1920)   don o'brien

















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