July 02, 2023


C T Silver, Inc. (1914-1919)
New York, New York

This is a silver
This is a Silver-Apperson radiator emblem (1918)    mjs
Size: 44mm diameter   MM: D L Auld

Conover Thomas Silver became wealthy as a car dealer in New York City. In 1914, he became known as a car designer, whose style involved the use of very modern sweeping body curves. The first Silver car was built by Willys using a Willys-Knight engine in late 1914 and was called the Silver-Knight. This was followed by the Silver-Peerless. Silver also designed car bodies for Overland and Chalmers. 

In 1917 Silver became the New York distributor for Apperson and Kissel and his special designs using these chassis became famous when displayed at the New York Automobile Show. The Silver-Apperson name was used for cars produced in 1918 and Silver-Kissels or Kissel Silver Specials were produced in 1918 and 1919. Silver gave up his distributorships in 1919 and no further Silver cars followed.


Early custom built Silver cars had such unusual and eye-catching body designs that identifying emblems were not required, see example shown below:

Custom Built Overland Silver Bird (1915)   coachbuilt

It is possible that some early Silver models for Willys, Overland or Peerless did carry a Silver emblem but this is unlikely. However, I cannot confirm this and if you do have details of any early Silver emblems, please let me know, in order to update this post.

The Silver-Apperson did carry a special emblem, see the part plated Silver-Apperson radiator emblem shown above at the top of this post and again below. This Silver-Apperson radiator emblem is extremely rare.

This is a Silver-Apperson radiator emblem (1918)   mjs
Size: 44mm diameter    MM: D L Auld

The Silver Kissel Kar also carried a special emblem, see the white and blue enamel Kissel Kar Silver Special radiator emblem shown below. This Kissel Kar Silver Special radiator emblem is extremely rare.

This is a Kissel Silver Special radiator emblem (1918-1919) mjs
Size: 75mm diameter    MM: None

The Silver-Apperson and Kissel Silver Special speedsters had similar coachwork but different radiator shells, hoods and fenders to distinguish these two makes. However, they all displayed the same C. T. Silver hubcaps, see example shown below:

This is a Silver hubcap showing the hub emblem (c1917-1919) dkc

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