January 10, 2021


Partin Manufacturing Co. & Palmer Motor Car Co. (1913)

Detroit, Michigan & Chicago, Illinois

Partin-Palmer Motor Car Co. (1914)

Chicago, Illinois

Commonwealth Motors Co. (1915-1917)

Rochelle, Illinois

This is a Partin-Palmer radiator emblem (1914-1916)      mjs
Size: 132mm wide 44mm high      MM: Unknown

In June 1913 the Partin Manufacturing Company, a large automobile sales agency in Chicago, joined up with the Palmer Motor Car Company, which had built some prototype cars called Palmer in Detroit, to produce an automobile to be called Partin-Palmer. A few cars were initially built in Detroit but by 1914 the Partin-Palmer Motor Car Company had been set up and all manufacture had moved to a plant in Chicago.

The Partin-Palmer was a four-cylinder touring car, initially offered in 38 hp and 45 hp engine sizes in 1913. The 45 hp model was dropped for 1914 and in 1915 a smaller 20 hp roadster was offered. A 45 hp eight-cylinder six-passenger touring model appeared briefly in 1916, although few were sold.

By 1915 the company was in trouble and the Commonwealth Motor Company became the sales agency for Partin-Palmer and production moved to Rochelle. In late 1917 the Partin-Palmer was renamed the Commonwealth. 


I have not seen a Palmer emblem from 1913. If you have any information about a Palmer emblem, please let me know, in order to update this post.

By 1914, the Partin-Palmer carried a large white and blue enamel radiator emblem, see example above at the top of this post. This Partin-Palmer radiator emblem is extremely rare.

During the transition from Partin-Palmer to Commonwealth in 1916-1917, Partin-Palmer cars carried a Commonwealth Partin-Palmer radiator emblem, see the illustration below from the 1916 brochure for the Partin-Palmer Model 32:

This illustration of the Model 32 shows a Commonwealth Partin-Palmer radiator emblem (1916)   sfam

This is the blue enamel Commonwealth Partin-Palmer radiator emblem shown below. This Commonwealth Partin-Palmer radiator emblem is very rare:

This is a Commonwealth Partin-Palmer radiator emblem (1916-1917)     mjs
Size: 76mm wide 30mm high       MM: Unknown

Although only a small number of cars carried this emblem, a batch of unused Commonwealth Partin-Palmer emblems was found later and most Commonwealth Partin-Palmer emblems that I have seen are unused "new old stock" emblems.

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