Connecting the Dots: Building a Documented Vehicle Identity

Published by: David Sneed, Wheels That Won The West® Archives, LLC
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LOST IDENTITIES… Many early wagons have lost enough of their original and obvious maker markings that it can be difficult to quickly determine a maker.  Combined with potential changes or adaptations to the vehicle over the years, reaching a firm conclusion on a builder can involve lengthy studies in some cases.

While documentable identities have the potential of significantly increasing a vehicle’s value, ultimately, it takes the cumulative matching of multiple, distinct construction features with primary sources to deliver an authoritative review.
To help avoid inaccurate identifications, it’s important to realize that many brands used similar features.  We typically review a host of different construction traits on the box and gear before making statements relative to a maker, date of manufacture or level of originality.
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