holdmchmp

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I have an item you see here that I found metal detecting. I believe it to be an antique radiator cap from back in the day. Does this look familiar to anyone? Any information appreciated!!!

 

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I think it would have had a top piece too that might have flipped open to add water.  The missing top piece could have been for a temperature gauge called a Moto-Meter.  Is the bottom threaded?

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Thanks for the response Terry. There appears to be no threads on the inside. But there does appear to be too brackets that look like it might have held what you said a temperature gauge. I looked online for a few hours and didn't find anything that looked like it. So I'm wondering how early it is

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Looks like a decoration piece from a flag pole or house light. 

 

 

Bob 

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Bob it looks like it was hinged and that is why I believe it was a radiator cap. The item is quite heavy and would assume it's about 2 lb

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Definitely an aftermarket, flip-top radiator cap for a 1920s vehicle. Parts are missing. Here is a similar item with all of the parts attached....the round item is a Moto-Meter and will show a rise in temperature through the little hole like a thermometer....

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Similar to this on eBay is what I was thinking.  Not having threads in the base is the confusing part of the ID process.

 

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Thanks for the response. Agreed parts are missing. What makes you say after market? How can you tell? Thanks!!

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2 minutes ago, holdmchmp said:

Thanks for the response. Agreed parts are missing. What makes you say after market? How can you tell? Thanks!!

Aftermarket as it has no auto maker name on it. I collect these and have seen a lot of them to know it is one that was sold as an accessory. Not a car maker, factory part.

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Ah ok. My son thought there may have been a badge that was there at ome time. 

Are these of any worth?

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The item I posted has a badge. Some just had initials for the owner.

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2 minutes ago, holdmchmp said:

Ah ok. My son thought there may have been a badge that was there at ome time. 

Are these of any worth?

In that condition, it’s good for the story on how you found it and to put it on a shelf.

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Unfortunately I have a lot of those LOL. That's what makes metal detecting so intriguing. It's a story of where and when I found it and the research to provide the information. And that's why I'm here thanks for all your input much appreciated!

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3 hours ago, keiser31 said:

The item I posted has a badge. Some just had initials for the owner.

Just happen to have this one. Bob 

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Some of those after-market caps had a simple way to fit and attach an adapter to work on any of several different makes of cars. Threading could be either internal or external, and thread count and diameter varied from marque to marque.

A top piece and latch catch could be made, but costly enough to make this not expensive value wise. Wing size and styles varied, many dozens of different styles were marketed back in the day. That is a nice style!

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Thank you for your response!! I kinda figured there would be a plethora of these things back in the day. There are no nidentifying marks anywhere so who knows. And I agree with you it's a cool style. 

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