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1923-1932 Bumper Buffer Eaton Cox - for what vehicle?

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**NOTE** from an eBay correspondent: Hello; your bumper is one of several dozen+ brands of aftermarket accessory "fits all" bumpers that were made during early 1920's before auto makers decided to make cars with bumpers. I have a few acc. bumper catalogs, several different bumpers now & have had ALOT of bumpers in last 49 years of old car parts swaping and I have Never heard of a Eaton Cox so I think it is very odd and someone who needs it will be happy. I have several 1921-34 Lincolns & full set of orig. illustrated parts books & I can say for 100% sure it is not Lincoln _I hope this helps _Thanks.

Good afternoon, friends -

Can you assist me in identifying the vehicle and function of this bumper?

Marked: "Eaton Bumpers, formerly Cox Bumpers/The Eaton Axle & Spring Co. Cleveland U.S.A./Covered by US Patents"

Eaton Axle & Spring Co. (Cleveland, Ohio axle manufacturer) purchased Cox (Albany, NY bumper manufacturer) in 1923 - name changed to Eaton Manufacturing Co in 1932 - so we know the time range of this item, 1923 to 1932.

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Doesn't look like any Ford bumpers of the period that we can see - a truck, perhaps? A spring?

I see patents from Cox for "Spring buffers" by Cox.. but just don't see where a device of this kind fits on the vehicle.

Spring buffer or bumper; United States Patent 1470960 - (some kind of leaf spring; )

and Automobile Buffer 1,521,757 - (the classic Ford bumper)

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Thank you!

Heather Masterton

Asheville, NC

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Well, that was a good thought - but apparently it is not. If you carefully examine the Lincoln L (or, I am told, any other Lincoln model) bumper, the top (or bottom) extends either BOTH sides over or both sides under the oval shape in the front.

Our bumper is up one side, and down on the other. It also does not make a complete closed loop: both sides curl around and are open to the rear, with two curling reinforcing bits - both not features on the Lincoln bumpers.

More thoughts?

Best

Heather

Edited by mastertonh (see edit history)

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Here's what may be the real answer: - from an eBay correspondent (we listed it to get more info - and it worked!):

"Hello; your bumper is one of several dozen+ brands of aftermarket accessory "fits all" bumpers that were made during early 1920's before auto makers decided to make cars with bumpers.

I have a few accessory bumper catalogs, several different bumpers now, and have had A LOT of bumpers in last 49 years of old car parts swapping and I have Never heard of a Eaton Cox so I think it is very odd and someone who needs it will be happy.

I have several 1921-34 Lincolns & full set of orig. illustrated parts books & I can say for 100% sure it is not Lincoln _I hope this helps _Thanks."

Thanks, folks!!

Heather Masterton

Barn Swallow Antiques

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