January 19, 2019

PRINCESS

Princess Cyclecar Co. (1914)

Princess Motor Car Corp. (1914-1918)

Detroit, Michigan


This is a Princess radiator emblem (1914-1918)      sam
Size: 45mm high 40mm wide     MM: Unknown

The Princess Cyclecar Company was established in December 1913 to produce a cyclecar called the Little Princess, which appeared in February 1914 as a 12 hp two-cylinder two-passenger roadster. However, cyclecars were losing popularity and later in 1914 the Princess Cyclecar Company was reorganised as the Princess Motor car Company.

The Princess was the Little Princess with a new name. The Princess became a 23 hp four-cylinder motor car for 1916 and was offered as a two-passenger roadster or a five-passenger touring model. A speedster model was added to the line for 1917 and 1918. However, sales did not meet expectations and it was all over for the Princess by the end of 1918.

Emblem

I do not know, if there was an emblem for the Little Princess cyclecar. If you have any information about a Little Princess emblem, please let me know, in order to update this post.

The Princess carried a white, blue and red enamel radiator emblem with a beautiful, crowned Princess above a winged shield, see example shown above. The Princess radiator emblem is very rare.

There is a reproduction Princess emblem made by Pulfer, see below. But this is easily identified as it is crudely made with a flat back, has a very ugly Princess and, most significantly, the emblem carries the name "Prineess" instead of "Princess", no doubt due to a misinterpretation of Harry Pulfer's instruction by his Hong Kong based emblem maker. 

This is a reproduction Princess radiator emblem      ms




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