Here is a vintage, 1920's Franklin automobile front radiator grill decorative emblem to add to your collection. It was recently acquired and is being offered here by us for the first time. We get a lot of people asking us for Franklin items when we are in the Syracuse area.
That would stand to reason, since the Franklin was produced, in Syracuse, NY. It sold its first car in 1902, and had the distinction for being the first automobile company to sell the first 4-cylinder car here in the USA. It went from a small one building company in 1901 employing 65, to 18 buildings employing 3,200 by 1920. The H.H. Franklin Manufacturing Company sold about 150,000 automobiles over its 30 plus years of existence. With the company in financial problems after the stock market crash of 1929. The Franklin companies suffered financial collapse in April 1934, and due mostly because of the company takeover by banker Edwin McKewin sent in from NYC, to help in its financial recovery. He thought that he would single-handedly revive the company by implementing his idea, the 12-cylinder V-12 program. These cars were bulky weighing almost 6,000 lbs, and didn't sell well. Causing a loss of almost 1 million dollars to the company in 1933. McKewin came down with pneumonia in Nov. 1933, and died in Jan. 1934, and with his death came the death of the Franklin.
Now getting back to this piece we are selling. It is in nice condition for its age. It has a little black enamel loss, at about 3-o'clock within the black circle rim. Also a little loss within the "L" in Franklin, and two spots below the "L" and second "N" in Franklin. This you should be able to see in one of our front photos. This has not been cleaned at all, and does have a little discoloration within the stippling above the "K" in Franklin up to the rim area. Again, you should be able to see this in our front photos. It has a two small dent spots on the rim as shown in our next to last photo. This piece measures 3-1/2" across. Our photos should tell you just about all of the rest. Don't miss out on owning a great piece Franklin/Automobile Company history. We attempt to be as accurate as possible with our descriptions, so there are no surprises to the lucky buyer. Our photos should tell you just about all of the rest. Please email us with any questions or concerns that you may have. You will be answered in a timely manner. If asking on or near the weekend, give us a little more time to respond, as we may be away on business.