This may have been discussed before, but what is the significance of Ford Brown stamped headlight rims? Most rims, especially those nickle plated just are stamped Ford, but some are stamped Ford Brown.
Brown was a supplier of lamps and headlights. I have seen plated ones stamped Brown, and unplated brass ones on '15s. Whether the ones on the 15 were newer that someone took the plating off, I don't know.Somebody on here will.
I knew John Brown was an early supplier as was E and J. I have also, read that these Ford Brown rims were used on 1915's, but nickle plated? Why? If someone nickle plated some brass 15 rims to use on a 26-27, why do I see so many of them?
I think all nickle plated '26/'27 headlight rims I've seen here in Sweden has been stamped Ford Brown. Likely a supplier.
A couple of observations. Original brass rims for 1915 lights should have the smaller round lens clips. Any rim with the wide clips, designed to stop the H lens from rotating, must date at least after the introduction of the fluted H lens.
I have worked on numerous nickel plated brass rims, including 4 for my new 1925 D and F roadster. All have the wide lens clips and none have Brown or Ford scripts. Perhaps Canadian sourced cars had rims supplied by some supplier other than Brown.I had always put nickel plated brass rims down to 26-7 cars which had the nickel plated radiator shell too.
Allan from down under,.
The 1915 brass headlight rims on our car have a different mark than "Ford" or "Brown". I forget what the designation is but it is quite different. I'll try to post a photo later.
Guess that is a Canadian export thing on your nickel plated brass headlamp rims.
My experience in the USA is that finding 'Ford Brown' marked brass nickel plated rims is fairly easy. Have a stack of rims, and two of them are marked that way.
Typical nickel plated brass rims have just a smaller looking Ford script.
Sometimes you run across those early big script, but these are for the early clear round lens, not the 'H' style lens. Clips are for round lens. All steel, not brass or plated.
I have a steel headlight rim that is marked Ford Brown. It is for the "H" lenses. Dave