Metal Reliance Sign ID Help

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  1. ewarnick35

    ewarnick35 New Member

    Hi everyone, I was hoping someone could tell me what this sign/plate is from. Its metal and is 11.5" long and about 3" tall. Thanks in advance! 20150919_174339.jpg 20150919_174339.jpg 20150919_174339.jpg
     
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  2. springfld.arsenal

    springfld.arsenal Store: http://www.springfieldarsenal.net/

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    Edited-May be the front of a cash register drawer. Reliance was one of many sub-brands available from Michigan Cash Register Co. 1907-1922. Size and shape of plate looks right for a cash register drawer front, and large hole may be where key-lock is accessed. The decorative designs around the brand name and the two mounting screw locations match those on "Michigan" drawer fronts.

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  3. clutteredcloset49

    clutteredcloset49 Well-Known Member

    I don't know why Reliance Stove company popped into my head.
    I'm not finding anything old enough to fit this.

    The metal design looks to be early 1900s
     
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  4. komokwa

    komokwa The Truth is out there...!

    Any markings on the rear>>???
     
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  5. Bakersgma

    Bakersgma Well-Known Member

    I always think "fire engine" when I see Reliance.
     
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  6. Mansons2005

    Mansons2005 Nasty by Nature, Curmudgeon by Choice

    There was a Reliance tractor company that was absorbed into another company very early on - but I have no handy reference for it right now.
     
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  7. springfld.arsenal

    springfld.arsenal Store: http://www.springfieldarsenal.net/

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    Edited-May be the front of a cash register drawer. Reliance was one of many sub-brands available from Michigan Cash Register Co. 1907-1922. Size and shape of plate looks right for a cash register drawer front, and large hole may be where key-lock is accessed. The decorative designs around the brand name and the two mounting screw locations match those on "Michigan" drawer fronts.

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  8. Ladybranch

    Ladybranch Well-Known Member

    Allis-Chalmers. Reliance started out as a "small burr millstone maker" in 1847. It made French burr milestones, portable mills, shafting and water wheels. In 1861, it was purchased be Edward Allis. By 1869 they were making steam engines. In 1901 the company merged with the Chalmers Co. and Gate Iron Works becoming Allis-Chalmers. They built their 1st tractor in 1910. Scroll down a little to the pic of the tractor. Their history begins after the pic.
    http://thevistapress.com/antique-engine-tractor-show-june-21st-22nd/

    Here is a pic of a Charles Burrell & Son of England 1907 steam tractor called a "Reliance."
    http://www.steam-up.co.uk/burrell/burrell_pb9615.htm

    These were 2 manufacturers using the name "Reliance." I bet there were a good dozen others. Here's another, Reliance Motor Truck Company of c1900. It may have become General Motors Truck Company (GMC Trucks) or GMC took them over?
    http://www.shiawasseehistory.com/gmc.html

    --- Susan
     
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  9. clutteredcloset49

    clutteredcloset49 Well-Known Member

    I like spring's answer.
     
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  10. komokwa

    komokwa The Truth is out there...!

    I just gave him a best answer !!!!:)
     
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  11. Ladybranch

    Ladybranch Well-Known Member

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