January 01, 2023


H A Moyer (1911-1915)
Syracuse, New York 

This is a Moyer radiator emblem (1911-1915)    mjs
Size: 63mm wide 29mm high    MM: None

Harvey Allen Moyer established himself as a wagon builder in 1875. He built an experimental automobile in 1908 but real production of the Moyer began in time for the 1911 model year. 

The Moyer was a big car and was very well built. The first Moyer was a 29 hp four-cylinder model offered in runabout and touring body styles. This was followed in 1912 by a 38 hp six-cylinder model, which was increased in size to a 49 hp six-cylinder model in 1913. 

Financial problems led Moyer to discontinue his automobile business in 1915 after the production of about 400 cars.


There are very few original period photos of Moyer cars clearly showing the radiator. A 1911 Moyer photo does show the radiator but the top of the radiator is obscured by the license tag. However, an original photo from c1912 of a Moyer under construction in the factory clearly shows a radiator emblem, which suggests that an emblem was likely to have been used from the start of production in 1911, see below:

Moyer factory photo showing rad emblem (c1912) william creswell

Close up showing radiator emblem

This is the red, white and blue enamel Moyer radiator emblem shown above at the top of this post. This Moyer radiator emblem is very rare.

The "Moyer" name was also displayed on the hubcaps, see examples shown below:

This is a Moyer hubcap (c1911-1912)     moroz

This is a Moyer hubcap (c1913-1915)   dkc

The following is a Moyer hub emblem, which is also very rare:

This is a Moyer hub emblem (c1913-1915)    mjs
Size: 49mm diameter   MM: None

Some surviving Moyer cars also display the "Moyer" name on a brass radiator script, see example shown below. However, I have not seen an original period photo of a Moyer car showing the radiator script, so I cannot confirm that these scripts were attached at the time of manufacture. 

Moyer Model C Roadster with radiator emblem & script (1914) ms

Moyer radiator script (1914)    ms

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