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Object ID # 1992.042.001
Object Name Horn
Title 1920s Automobile Horn
Lexicon category 7: Distribution & Transportation Artifact
Date 1920 patent
Made Sparks-Withington Co.
Place of Origin Jackson, Michigan, United States of America
Description SPARTON automobile horn, Model AX, 1920s. A book about Model A Fords says: "A motor-driven horn is suspended under the left headlamp. Although horns were furnished by five independent manufacturers, they were essentially alike. This one is a Sparton, others included Ames, E. A., Stewart-Warner and G.M.I." ( from HENRY'S LADY: AN ILLUSTRATED HISTORY OF THE MODEL A FORD, 1972, by Ray Miller, The Evergreen Press, Avalon, California, 1993 edition.
The horn is basically a metal cylinder with a black finish. Approximately two thirds up the cylinder is a wide rim, where the two separate pieces of the horn are connected. The bottom two thirds of the horn appear to be hollow. Although the label is now scratched, some of the text can still be read. The maker is clearly "SPARTON," and "Oil bearings with fine oil and clean commutator every two months" is near the bottom. It also has patent dates on it: Dec. 9, 1913, Aug. 21, 1917 and Oct. 12, 1920. This horn is identified as No. B 21927.
Provenance This is a post-1920 automobile horn. It was manufactured by the Sparks-Withington Co. of Jackson, Michigan.

Unknown provenance. Last owned by Gordon Baverstock, a member of the Bluewater branch of the Antique & Classic Car Club of Canada.
Collection Transportation, Automobiles & Equipment Collection
Material Metal
Dimensions L-28 Dia-8 cm
Found Owen Sound, Grey County