Boyce Motometer

Long Island City, NY, USA
Filed under:  History | Type-Emblems
Comment(s): 73

The Boyce Moto-Meter, patented in 1912, was a thermometer that read the temperature of the radiator's vapor.

boyce motometer 1 sm

Boyce Motometer.

Before the hood ornament came the motometer, an ornate thermometer affair that screwed into the radiator cap; it was intended to keep the driver informed of the engine coolant temperature.

With improved, thermostatic cooling, the motometer went out the window in the late twenties, to be replaced by sometimes very elegant hood mascots. These were offered initially by accessory houses then, in 1930, by Cadillac itself. The first automotive motometer was introduced by a Mr. Boyce in 1912. The fashion soon caught on. Cadillac added its famous script and coat of arms to it. When the temperature gauge was moved to the instrument panel, an empty space was left atop the radiator; the hood ornament filled it adequately.

(text source: Car-Nection)

boyce motometer 3

Boyce Motometer, front and back. (source: Brass Works.)

boyce motometer 2 sm 1

Boyce Motometer.

boyce motometer 3 sm 1

Boyce Motometer Junior.

boyce motometer 4 1

Boyce Motometer detail.

ford model a deluxe town sedan boyce moto meter 1 29

Boyce Motometer from a 1929 Model A Ford Deluxe Town Sedan. (source: John Nichols)

ford model a deluxe town sedan boyce moto meter 2 29

Boyce Motometer from a 1929 Model A Ford Deluxe Town Sedan. (source: John Nichols)

motometer logo 1

Boyce Motometer logo.

Advertise on Cartype
Instagram Vimeo Youtube Twitter Facebook
THE "1900's" BOOK.
Each decade seems to have its own stylistic language, and this issue showcases logos, ads, cars, companies and products (and their typographical sensibilities) from the early 1900s.

Jrop Roadside
Car Shipping Companies
Auto Transport Quotes
Vehicle Transportation


Much of the material on this website is copyrighted. Original articles appearing herein are subject to copyright. Please don't copy stuff from the site without asking; it may belong to someone! Any trademarks appearing on this site are the sole property of the registered owners. No endorsement by trademark owners is to be construed. The products, brand names, characters, related slogans and indicia are or may by claimed as trademarks of their respective owners. Every effort has been made whenever possible to credit the sources. The use of such material falls under the Fair Use provisions of intellectual property laws.