Who made bicycle badges?

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sam

I live for the CABE
May 24, 2006
1,473
San Antonio, United States
Were there companies that specialized in making badges? Or were badges made by the bike factories, or both?
Did bicycle factories order badge dies from specialty makers?
I've seen badges that look very similar on different unrelated brands(not just different models).
 

chitown

Cruisin' on my Bluebird
Jun 21, 2010
2,924
Prospect Heights, United States
S D Childs out of Chicago was the company behind these and who knows what others.

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fordsnake

I live for the CABE
May 12, 2010
1,825
As mentioned Childs was one of the largest makers
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But almost anyone could have their name designed and made.
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catfish

Riding an Alexander Rocket Bike
Sep 25, 2006
23,376
Boston, Massachusetts
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There was also a place in Mass that made them. I don't have the info on the company.
 

hoofhearted

Saint Lactose The Tolerant
Jan 20, 2010
4,226
Fairborn, Ohio
The D.L. Auld Co. of Columbus, Ohio made the cast, Davis-Dayton badge in the teen's-
era ... for the Dayton Motorcycle. Note the use of a rivet-feature to attach the ''bottle-cap'',
connecting-cone.

Same company also produced the heavy and stamped, early, Huffman-Dayton badge.


These are so-marked on back of badge. Have not seen other Davis / Huffman badges with the ''D.L. Auld Co.'' marking.


...... patric





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hoofhearted

Saint Lactose The Tolerant
Jan 20, 2010
4,226
Fairborn, Ohio
The Davis, Sear's-Chief badge is often stamped with
the manufacturer's mark.

Have never been able to decipher the letters .........


Sorry, no example handy ... maybe you gots one ...... ?


....... p.



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Andrew Gorman

Cruisin' on my Bluebird
Jun 15, 2008
2,889
Pasadena (Hastings Ranch), United States
Waltham Dial Company made a lot of TOC enamel badges and inserts. I have some dies that came out of a large industrial jewelry house in Philadelphia- made a lot of badges, trophies, etc. I vaguely remember reading that the Wright Bros. badges were made by a jeweler in Dayton
 

MrColumbia

Cruisin' on my Bluebird
Dec 23, 2009
2,426
Western Mass
www.vintagecolumbiabikes.com
There was also a place in Mass that made them. I don't have the info on the company.
All the 30's - 70's badges used by Westfield/Columbia Mfg were made by a company right in Westfield Mass named Anderson and Sons. This company was also famous for making the metal "Perpetual Calendars, The re-pop Columbia badges were made my another Westfield company "Decorated Metals", just up the road from the old Anderson and Sons. Both companies are out of business now.
 

catfish

Riding an Alexander Rocket Bike
Sep 25, 2006
23,376
Boston, Massachusetts
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All the 30's - 70's badges used by Westfield/Columbia Mfg were made by a company right in Westfield Mass named Anderson and Sons. This company was also famous for making the metal "Perpetual Calendars, The re-pop Columbia badges were made my another Westfield company "Decorated Metals", just up the road from the old Anderson and Sons. Both companies are out of business now.
Thanks for the info! Too bad both places are no closed.
 
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MrColumbia

Cruisin' on my Bluebird
Dec 23, 2009
2,426
Western Mass
www.vintagecolumbiabikes.com
Thanks for the info! Too bad both places are no closed.
The irony of it is that the owner of Decorated Metals, John Glaze was also my fathers landlord. He just died last year at about 100 years old.

Here is the perpetual calendars that Anderson and Sons made. They made them with any clients logo and are very popular on eBay.

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