For sale is an original mid-century METAL MAKER’S TAG for a T-350 TRUCK MOUNTED CRANE from the Schield Bantam Company, Waverly, Iowa. Manufacturer’s tag features the company’s crowing rooster logo. The tag is marked with a number of patents, the most current of which is dated 1955. Tag measures 6 inches by 4 inches. An unusual transportation related collectible.
A Bantam is a truck-mounted shovel-crane that were built by the Schield Bantam Company between 1942 and 1964. Vern Schield designed and built the original. Vern and his brother Wilbur built the first 9 Bantams in a barn at Vern’s quarry. Together, in less than 15 years, they built the Schield Bantam Company to be the world’s largest manufacturer of truck-mounted cranes. In 1963, Koehring purchased the company and
changed the name to Koehring-Bantam.