December 05, 2020

STEWART

Stewart Motor Corp. (1912-1941)
Buffalo, New York


This is a Stewart radiator emblem (c1926-1933)    mjs
Size: 182mm wide 59mm high   MM: None

The Stewart Motor Corporation was a manufacturer of commercial vehicles but, in 1915-1916, also produced a 29 hp six-cylinder passenger car offered as a seven-passenger touring car and a three passenger roadster.

The first Stewart trucks in 1912 were 3/4-ton capacity units powered by four-cylinder engines and with Renault-styled hoods and radiators behind the dashboard. In 1916 Stewart trucks were completely redesigned with conventional radiators and hoods and were available in 1/2-ton, 3/4-ton and 1-1/2-ton sizes. A 2-ton capacity model joined the line in 1917 with a 3-1/2-ton capacity model following in 1918. In 1921 a speed model was added and, in 1925, a six-cylinder 18- to 25-passenger bus chassis also appeared.

A new model in the 1926 range was the Buddy Stewart, a 3/4-ton speed model aimed at the light delivery market. The Buddy Stewart was made until 1930 and then reintroduced as a 1/2-ton model in 1935 which continued until 1937. Two new Stewart models were introduced in 1931, a 100 hp six-cylinder model and a 130 hp eight-cylinder model. The Stewart Eight had a basic 3-1/2-ton capacity and was made until 1937 with some special models built with capacities up to 8-tons. 

Stewart built their own bodies and in 1939 introduced the first aluminum panel body. In 1935 the smaller Stewart models were redesigned with streamlined cabs, although the larger models were more conservative. 

The best year for sales at Stewart was 1930. Then sales began to fall and was down to only 90 units in 1939. A new management took over Stewart and tried to concentrate on heavy trucks in the 3-ton to 7-ton capacity range in 1940/41 but few were actually built. It was all over for the Stewart in 1941.

Emblems

The first Stewart trucks and automobiles had distinctive Renault-styled hoods with radiators at the back behind the dashboard, so they were unlikely to have carried a radiator emblem. It is possible that the trucks displayed a nameplate at the rear but I cannot confirm this. 

From 1916, Stewart trucks had conventional hoods and brass radiators. There are no obvious radiator emblems shown in early illustrations of Stewart trucks but the "Stewart" name and script logo is seen displayed on a Stewart nameplate/serial plate attached to the body side below the entrance to the driver's cab, see example shown below:

Stewart truck ad showing trucks (1917)  ma

Close-up showing Stewart body side data plate (1917)

By 1918, Stewart trucks had a heavy cast iron radiator with a "Stewart" radiator emblem cast into the radiator tank top, see surviving 1-ton Stewart truck example shown below:

This is a Stewart 1-ton truck (1918)     classicautomall

This shows the cast in radiator emblem (1918)

The "Stewart" name was also displayed on a nameplate mounted on the rear chassis frame member and on the body side mounted Stewart serial plate, see below:

This shows a cast metal rear frame nameplate (1918)

This shows the body side Stewart data plate (1918)

This shows the body side data plate (1918)

The following original photo shows a 1924 Stewart fire truck with the same cast in radiator emblem and similar body side nameplate/data plate:

This is a Stewart fire truck (1924)    mytransportblog

Close-up with cast in radiator emblem & side data plate (1924)

The following heavy cast iron Stewart nameplate may have been displayed at the rear of some heavy duty truck or fire engine models but I cannot confirm this:

This is a Stewart nameplate (c1920's)     ms
Size: 275mm wide

The following is a Stewart Utility Wagon data plate from about 1922:

This is a Stewart Utility Wagon data plate (c1922)    mjs
Size: 165mm wide 96mm high

From about 1923, smaller capacity Stewart trucks had brass radiators and carried a Stewart radiator emblem. Surprisingly, there are very few photos or illustrations of these trucks showing the emblem and none very clearly, see example shown below:

This is a Stewart 1-ton truck with oval radiator emblem (1923) ccj

Stewart 1-ton truck close-up showing oval radiator emblem (1923)

The following photo shows an un-restored Stewart fire truck from 1926 with a brass radiator carrying an oval shaped radiator emblem:

Stewart fire truck showing oval radiator emblem (1926)  barnfinds

This emblem is the oval-shaped, black painted aluminum Stewart radiator emblem shown below. This Stewart radiator emblem is scarce.

This is a Stewart radiator emblem (1923-c1926)    mjs
Size: 170mm wide 64mm high   MM: None

From about 1926, photos of some Stewart truck models show a Stewart script style radiator emblem, see Buddy Stewart example below which also carries a "Buddy Stewart" hood side nameplate:

Buddy Stewart with rad emblem & hood side nameplate (c1926) ms

The following is a black and white painted Buddy Stewart hood side nameplate. This Buddy Stewart nameplate is rare.

This is a Buddy Stewart hood side nameplate (1926-1930)  mjs
Size: 267mm wide 51mm high   MM: None

The following original photo shows a Stewart truck with the same script style "Stewart" radiator emblem and a "Stewart" hood side nameplate:

This is a Stewart truck showing radiator emblem & hood side nameplate (c1928)   vrachtauto 

The Stewart radiator emblem used from about 1926 is the black and white enamel Stewart radiator emblem shown above at the top of this post and again below. This Stewart radiator emblem is scarce.

This is a Stewart radiator emblem (c1926-1933)    mjs
Size: 182mm wide 59mm high     MM: None

The following are examples of Stewart script style hood side nameplate emblems:

This is a Stewart hood side nameplate emblem (dates uncertain)   mjs
Size: 142mm wide 48mm high     MM: None  

This is a Stewart hood side nameplate emblem (dates uncertain)   mjs
Size: 195mm wide 70mm high    MM: None

This is a Stewart hood side nameplate emblem (dates uncertain)    mjs
Size: Unknown     MM: None

The following Stewart Six truck from 1931 has a different radiator emblem to that shown earlier above.  This Stewart radiator emblem has a horizontal bar over the top as well as below the "Stewart" word, see the close-up photo below:

Stewart Six truck with radiator emblem & hood side nameplate (1931)
mytransportblog

Close-up showing radiator emblem & hood side nameplate

The following is an example of a black painted Stewart Six hood side nameplate similar to the nameplate on the 1931 truck shown above but in use from about 1927. This Stewart hood side nameplate is rare.
  
This is Stewart Six hood side nameplate (1927-1932)   mjs
Size: 267mm wide 51mm high   MM: None

The following is a black and white painted Stewart Eight hood side nameplate.  This Stewart hood side nameplate is rare.

This is a Stewart Eight hood side nameplate (1931-1932)   mjs
Size: 251mm wide 60mm high   MM: None

A new range of Stewart light trucks with a small radiator top emblem appeared for the 1934 model year, see Stewart advertisement shown below:

Stewart ad showing the new style (1934) ms 

The following photo shows a 1935 Stewart 1-1/2-ton truck showing the new radiator design with a die cast hood ornament including a small panel just above the top of the radiator grille which carries a radiator emblem. There is also a new hood side nameplate design.

Stewart 1-1/2-ton truck with new emblem & nameplate (1935) flickr

The Buddy Stewart light duty trucks also returned in 1935 with a similar die cast hood ornament and emblem, see example shown below:

Buddy Stewart showing rad emblem, hood side nameplate & body side data plate (1935)  justcars

Stewart truck close-up showing radiator emblem (1935)

The following shows the die cast hood ornament and small rectangular Stewart emblem:

Stewart hood ornament & emblem (c1936)  ms

The small rectangular Stewart radiator emblem shown above appears to have a painted finish. This Stewart radiator emblem is also found in brass, finished in black, as shown below, This Stewart radiator emblem is rare.

This is a Stewart radiator emblem (1935-1939)    dnc
Size: 64mm wide 24mm high    MM: Unknown

The following is a Buddy Stewart hood side nameplate:

This is a Buddy Stewart hood side nameplate (1935-1937)  mjs
Size: 158mm wide 30mm high     MM: None

The following is a Stewart Model 61AE, which carries the same small Stewart radiator emblem as shown above, together with a green enamel "Stewart" hood side nameplate:

This is a Stewart Model 61AE showing hood side nameplate (1938)    brc

This Stewart hood side nameplate is the green enamel Stewart hood side nameplate shown below. This Stewart hood side nameplate is rare.

This is a Stewart hood side nameplate (1938)   lktec
Size: 160mm wide 50mm high    MM: None





 






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