Empire Motor Car Co. (1909-1911)
Empire Automobile Co.
Greenville, Pennsylvania (1912-1914)
Indianapolis, Indiana (1915-1919)
|This is an Empire radiator emblem (c1915-1918) mjs|
Size: 64mm high 64mm wide MM: Unknown (possibly None)
|This is an Empire Twenty roadster (1909) ms|
The following is believed to be the first Empire radiator emblem, although I cannot confirm this. This Empire radiator emblem is extremely rare.
|This is an Empire radiator emblem (1909-1911) ms|
Size: Unknown MM: Unknown
Empire advertisements in 1911 show a round radiator emblem, which may be the metal Empire emblem shown above, and a brass "EMPIRE" script in capital letters displayed on the radiator core, see example below. Original "EMPIRE" radiator scripts are rare.
|This is an Empire ad showing a round radiator emblem and script (1911) ms|
|Close-up showing the radiator emblem and script (1911)|
By late 1911, the Empire radiator emblem was a blue and white enamel emblem, see example below. This Empire radiator emblem is very rare.
|This is an Empire radiator emblem (late 1911-1912) sam|
Size: 57mm diameter MM: Unknown
But, beware, there are reproduction Empire radiator emblems with this design, see example below:
|This is a reproduction Empire radiator emblem ms|
Size: 61mm diameter MM: None
This reproduction Empire radiator emblem can be distinguished from the original emblem as follows:
|This is an Empire radiator emblem(1911-1912) sam|
Size: 57mm diameter MM: Unknown
Some Empire cars models also carried a lower case style of brass "Empire" radiator script, see example below. Original "Empire" radiator scripts of this kind are rare.
|This is an Empire radiator script (c1912-1917) mjs|
Size: 290 mm wide
This "Empire" radiator script was not offered on all models but was still shown on original company illustrations as late as 1916, see below:
|This orignal Empire Model 33 illustration still shows a radiator script (1916) ms|
The 1913 Empire Model 31 advertisement shown below is decorated with depictions of the hub emblem, which can be clearly seen in close-up. Original Empire hub emblems with this design are very rare.
|This is an Empire Model 31 ad showing the hub emblem (late 1912) ma|
|Close-up showing the hub emblem|
|This is an Empire Model 31 hub emblem (c1913) dkc|
The fact that this Empire Model 31 advertisement depicts the hub emblem rather than the radiator emblem indicates to me that the new radiator emblem had not been finalized at the time of producing the advertisement, probably late 1912. This suggests that the Empire radiator emblem was changed in 1913.
|This is an Empire radiator emblem (1913-c1915) sam|
Size: 61mm high 61mm wide MM: Unknown
I do not have the dates of use of the following pale blue, blue and white enamel variation of this Empire radiator emblem. This Empire radiator emblem may have been used for some of the more expensive six-cylinder models in 1916 but I cannot confirm this. This Empire radiator emblem is extremely rare.
|This is an Empire radiator emblem (c1916) mjs|
Size: 61mm high 61mm wide MM: Childs
The more commonly seen white and blue enamel Empire radiator emblem shown above at the top of this web post and again below may have been used on other models from about 1915 but I cannot confirm this. This Empire radiator emblem is scarce.
|This is an Empire radiator emblem (c1915-1917) mjs|
Size: 64mm wide 64mm high MM: Unknown (possibly None)
Beware, there are reproduction Empire radiator emblems following this design. Some of these reproduction emblems have a clear flat back, others have a reversed impression on the back with a threaded stud.
The following painted metal, large Empire hub emblem appears to be made for use on the Model 40 in 1915. This Empire hub emblem is very rare.
|This appears to be an Empire Model 40 hub emblem (1915) sam|
Size: 104mm diameter MM: Unknown
The Empire radiator emblem was changed again in 1918 to an oval-shaped emblem, presumably for both the four-cylinder and six-cylinder models, see Empire advertisement shown below.
|This is an Empire ad showing a new emblem (1918) sep|
The blue enamel, oval-shaped Empire radiator emblem is shown below. This Empire radiator emblem is very rare.
|This is an Empire radiator emblem (1918-1919) mjs|
Size: 75mm wide 41mm high MM: Unknown
If you can help with specific dates of use of any of the Empire radiator emblems shown above, please let me know, in order to update this post.