Are there any earmarks that indicate the differences between original brass era radiators and the reproductions ?
Further, is there any way to identify the makers of repros by their products ?
In the seven years of brass radiator production there were several changes. See pages 602-603 in the encyclopedia. Gery Bergbower made brass radiators for awhile, but gave it up. I believe the only current maker of brass era radiators is Brassworks.
Gilbert sheet metal in Calif. once made brass radiators for model T's. They still make brass lamps and other brass items including generators made from sheet stock for model T's.
In my experience, there is an easy way to tell a Brassworks brass radiator from an original. The top header plate on an original core is radiused on the front edge. The Brassworks ones are folded and the fold lays back a little over the edge of the header plate.
That said, in a recent post by Brassworks, they are looking to make the front of their
header plates rounded as are the originals.
Allan from down under.
Not sure that Gilbert is still producing generators. I had asked Wayne about ordering one a couple years ago, and it sounded like they were not making them back then. If true, this is unfortunate, as their brass work is top shelf.