Ansted Engineering Co. (1921, 1926)
|This is an Ansted engine serial plate (unknown date) mjs|
|This is the entwined "DD" emblem I found|
I knew that the French Darracq car had emblems with the entwined letters "DD" but this was not a Darracq emblem. However, the shape of the emblem reminded me of a Lexington emblem, see example shown below:
|This is a Lexington radiator emblem|
Turning the emblem over, revealed the exciting find shown below.
Under the solder was the front of an ultra rare radiator emblem from one of the very few Ansted-Lexington Custom-Built Roasters built in 1921.
|This is an Ansted-Lexington Custom-Built Roadster radiator emblem (1921) mjs|
Size: 97mm wide 48mm high
It appears that an Ansted-Lexington Custom-Built Roadster was ordered by someone with the initial "D" or initials "DD" but, rather than use the Ansted-Lexington radiator emblem, the buyer wanted to have his own monogram on the automobile. To achieve this, an Ansted-Lexington emblem was turned over and had the entwined "DD" monogram design finished in green enamel on the reverse side of the emblem, which was then soldered to the radiator. The holes in the emblem are not original but were made later when the emblem was removed and probably kept as a family souvenir.
Anstead-Lexington emblems were, presumably, normally finished in enamel but I do not know what colors were used. If you have further information about the colors used, please let me know.