I don't think it's an odd radiator shell, but rather a clamp on to the radiator neck license plate holder.
I believe that photo was previously discussed within the past few months.
I tried to locate the thread but have had no luck.
Photo showed up here but only one comment by Larry Smith at the very end.
It sure looks like an aftermarket radiator. The license plate bracket is a separate accessory.
It is an after-market radiator. No Ford factory issue had such a wide lower panel. There are a few other differences also (like the way the top is folded from the front). I suspect it has a separate shell over a replacement radiator. Those were fairly common back then, but surprisingly rare now. (Thank you Richard) After-market radiators were made both ways, with separate shells or with attached tanks like the Ford issue.
Great photo again! Some interesting accessories on that car.
Drive carefully, and enjoy, W2
After market radiator, flat front style, Livingston maybe or perhaps Rhome-Turney.
Looks like it may be an accessory radiator shroud to support a cover for the front of the radiator. Pines made some for my '35 Ford as well as others and were probably popular in the colder areas. Accordion type screen maybe.
Here in southeast Texas you would get a chance to use one this next week. We are going to hit as low as 25 degrees! Can you imagine that? Miss Happiness wants her Kalanchoes covered for Monday & Tuesday.
Ken in Texas
Looks like it could be a cover to convert your brass radiator to the new "painted" style. Brass was going out of style because of the work involved in keeping it clean. So when the new painted style came out, the aftermarket people offed a cover to make your old "brass" car look new. I have a cover that Ill try to post a pic of this evening.
There was a shell like in the photo just sold on ebay in the last week or so.
Here is a pic of a shell similar to the photo.
I believe I saw a second one on ebay or one of the sites recently. Wayne is right about them being scarce. I had never seen one until last fall. I'm not sure how many folks would want to cover up a brass shell these days.
I don't know what make this one is , but it is "brass" style black metal