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MASKED SILVERS

Shaded Silver Persian Cat
CHAMPION LORD SYLVESTER
Masked Silver Persian Cat

MASKED SILVERS
EVERYBODY'S CAT BOOK CHAPTER IX, PUBLISHED 1909

Masked silvers are a "new" variety, and at present very few are bred, as, in the case of many of the darker varietiesof silvers, fanciers are all striving after pale chinchillas, and neglecting the darker colours.There are now several fanciers who have made up their minds to breed this variety in real earnest; therefore, we mayhope to see some beautiful specimens in a few years' time.The illustration on opposite page gives a good example of what a masked silver should be (Lord Sylvester at top of page).

Hitherto very few good specimens have been bred, most of those exhibited being on the order of "spoilt" smokes. The ideal masked silver is a very beautiful animal ; in colouring, or, I should say, marking, they should resemble the Siamese cat; that is to say, they should have a black mask or face, black feet and legs. The body should be as pale silver as possible, with neither a dark spine line nor tabby markings; the silver should be free from any cream or yellow, the eyes deep golden or orange. There is no doubt, if more attention were given to this variety, the correct colour could be fixed.

In breeding masked silvers, it must be remembered that no tabby markings should be introduced. Shaded silvers, chinchillas, smokes and blues, crossed, are liable to produce a good masked silver, and if you have a queen who produces a masked silver in every litter, keep her for breeding this variety. Blacks bred from silvers or smokes also make a good cross, but do not use blacks which have been bred from oranges, or tortoise-shells, or any colours which are liable to spoil the purity of the silver ground colour.

The Masked Silver
CFA Yearbook 1951

Masked Silvers were introduced in America in 1901. Their tenure as a recognized class was brief, coming to an end in 1910. Only nineteen were registered in the combined Stud Books of the Beresford Cat Club. the American Cat Association and the Cat Fanciers Association during this time. There were seven in the first three volumes of the CFA Stud Book and eight in the Registers.

The standard for the Masked Silver called for "a pale silver cat having dark face and legs. The lighter the body and darker the face and legs, the nearer approach to type." Point scale of the Masked Silver:

Shaded Silver Persian Miss Adamson's Masked Silver
Masked Silver Persian Cat
Circa Early 1900s
Lynx Point?

10 Head and expression
15 Coat and condition
20 Dark mask and legs
15 Shape
20 Color
10 Brush or tail
10 Color of eyes
Total points 100

Mrs. D. B. Champion. who introduced one of the two Masked Silvers to America, writes that "the ideal specimen was a very beautiful animal in coloring and marking. It resembled the Siamese in that it had a black mask or face, black feet and legs. The body coat was as pale silver as possible, with neither a dark spine nor tabby markings, and the eyes of a deep golden orange, like the Smoke."

Miss Adamson's Masked Silver Shaded Silvers, Chinchillas, Smokes and Blues were crossed to produce Masked Silvers. Mrs. Champion states that Blacks bred from Silvers or Smokes also made a good cross. but not those from Reds or Tortoiseshells as they would be apt to spoil the purity of the ground color.

The first two Masked Silvers in America, CHAMPION KING OF THE SILVERS (CFA SB No. 96) were imported from England. These two were the sires of most of the Masked Silvers registered in this country.

CH KING OF THE SILVERS was born August 19. 1898. His sire was BITTERNE SILVER CHIEFTAN, a Shaded Silver. He was owned by Miss A. L. Po!lard of Elizabeth, New Jersey. CHAMPION LORD SYLVESTER born July 5. 1899, was brought to America by Mrs. Champion. His sire was LORD ARGENT, the famous Chinchilla. CHAMPION LORD SYLVESTER was the most perfect in coloring of any Masked Silver ever bred, and was the biggest winner in his class, but he never captured a Best in Show.

Masked Silvers were dropped by both the Cat Fanciers Association and the American Cat Association in 1910. It is, perhaps, unfortunate as they were beautiful as well as distinctive.

Shaded Silver Persian
Masked Silver Persian Cat
Circa Early 1900s
Smoke?

Cat World, September/October 1973 featured The Masked Silvers as the first of a series. "Heritage", authored by Rosemonde S. Peltz, MD, a former member of the Board of Directors of CFA, Inc. and well known to Cat World Readers of earlier days for her breed expertise. I take pleasure in reprinting Dr. Peltz' views on this almost mythical color of Persian:

HERITAGE 1, THE MASKED SILVERS (1973)
By Rosemonde S. Peltz, MD

Consider the Masked Silvers, a short-lived class of cats, which continue to be a source of intrigue. It is unusual for a breed of cats, so few in number and representing only a fleeting moment in the history of cats, to keep cropping up in the minds of breeders. References to these cats occur periodically and questions remain unanswered. Occasionally such cats turn up in litters, and the questions arise and mental gymnastics begin anew.

The Masked Silver was a long-haired cat having a pale, silver coat, black face and black paws. Some have been reported to have occurred without black on the paws. In the combined Stud Books of the Cat Fancier's Association, the American Cat Association, and the Beresford Cat Club, nineteen masked cats were registered. Seven were registered in the first three volumes of the CFA Stud Books, the first of which was published in 1909.

Two such cats were imported into the U.S. for England: King of the Silvers, bred by Miss G.M. Taylor and acquired by Miss A.L. Pollard of New Jersey, and Lord Sylvester, bred by Mrs. G. Beuteher and imported by Mrs. J. Champion of Argent Cattery. Although the cats were dropped from shows quite early, a CFA Standard for the Masked Silver appeared as late as August 1925 according to Jan Marinke. The standard appeared in the Cat Courier and was said to have been current for the period.

Some of the Masked Silvers are as follows including the CFA Studbook, Volume I Description (Click on Cat's name to view pedigree):

CH KING OF THE SILVERS (IMP.)
Registration: CFA #85, Rule 1 and B. C. C. 170
Description: LH. M. Masked Silver. Eyes: Green
Born: August 19th, 1898.
Breeder: Miss G. M. Taylor, England.
Owner: Miss A. L. Pollard, Elizabeth, N. J.
SIRE: Bitterne Silver Chieftain, C. F. A. 108.
DAM: Blinks, N. C. C. 1656, by Blue Jack, N. C. C. 1149, ex. Tawny, N. C. C. 1502. Tawny, N. C. C. 1502, by Lindfield Bootles, N. C. C. 1226, ex. Brenda, N. C. C. 1085. Lindfield Bootles, by The Friar, N. C. C. 1212, ex. Lily. The Friar, by Turco, ex. Zeika Lily, ex. Zeta. Zeta, by Perso, ex. Moos.

FATIMA
Registration: CFA #90, Rule 1
Description:LH. F. Masked Silver, Eyes: Orange.
Owner: Miss Pollard.
SIRE: CH KING OF THE SILVERS (IMP.)
DAM: Kipsie.

ROSEBEN
Registration: CFA #115, Rule 1
Description:LH. M. Masked Silver, Eyes: Orange.
SIRE: Bitterne Silver Chieftain, C. F. A. 108.
DAM: CH Bitterne Chiffon, C. F. A. R. log.

Shaded Silver Persian Masked Silver Persian Cat
Circa Early 1900s
Lynx Point?

PETER PAN
Registration: CFA #117, Rule 1
Description: LH. M. Masked silver.
Owner: Mrs. J. Conlisk.
SIRE: Bitterne Silver Chieftain, C. F. A. 108.
DAM: CH Bitterne Chiffon, C. F. A. R. log.

COMEDIENNE
Registration: CFA #265, Rules 1 and 4
Description: LH. F. Masked silver. Eyes, Orange
Born: June 8th, 1907
SIRE: Cigarette, C. F. A. 138.
DAM: Waverly Celeste, C. F. A. 257, by Radium, C. F. A. 61 ex. Waverly Pansy, C. F. A. 248, by Titus, ex. Phroso Titus by Ben Hur, ex. Fuzzy Wuzzy. Phroso, by Bumble, ex. Bee.

MISTER
Registration: 285, Rule 1
Description: LH. M. Masked silver
Born: June 27th, 1907
Bred by: Mrs. C. C. Ashmun.
Owner: Miss H. E. Brown.
SIRE: Beauty of Sunnyholme, A. C. A. 304, (see 287).
DAM: Fancy Lady, C. F. A. 246.

BARNEY
Registration: 293, Rules 1 and 3
Description: LH. M. Masked silver. Eyes, green.
Born: March 3rd, 1907.
Breeder and Owner: Mrs. J. Conlisk Gowanda, New York.
SIRE: Bitterne Silver Chieftain, C. F. A. 108.
DAM: Ch. Bitterne Chiffon, C. F. A. 109, B. C. C. 888 by Tintagel, B. C. C. 862, ex. Silverine II. Tintagel, by Ch. Lord Southampton (extended pedigree see 97), ex. Silver Spangle. Silver Spangle, by Ferry Victor, ex. Ferry Nina. Ferry Victor, by Puff, ex. Lambkin Queen. Ferry Nina, by St. Anthony, ex. Lady Jane. Silverine II, by Silver Starlight, ex. Silverine. Silver Starlight, by Silver Laddie, ex. Minette. Silverine, by Lord Argent, C. F. A. 95, ex. Atoxina (see C. F. A. 96).

Enough breeders were involved with the cats so that surely the loss of the class was accidental. If breeders as a group become discouraged when "their breed" consistently is put down, there is usually one rugged individualist who pursues a color pattern out of sheer cussedness. Perhaps in 1900 Cat breeders were more genteel.

Will the Masked Silver appear again in significant numbers? And if they do, can the pattern be set? The silver system is not quite as "pat" as geneticists would have us thing. Most cat breeders know that silver is dominant to full color as well as the other alleles in the albino series. What is needed to produce the Masked Silver is black plus dominant silver plus the temperature labile enzyme, which restricts the black to the face and paws. Or is it possible that temperature liability has little to do with the Masked Silver and that the effect of masking results from a lack of action of silver in the masked areas? If silver reduces pigment, then perhaps there is something in the tissue environment that allows full black rather than silver to be effective.

With a great deal of luck and perseverance, perhaps the Masked Silver will appear again.

Cat World Geneticist Nancy Jo Switzer comments that the Masked Silver could be a Smoke point or a Silver Point Persian; colors which are to be found in the Oriental Shorthair breed.

Rules for Registration in the CFA Stud Book, Volume I:

Cats may be registered in the Stud Book of the Cat Fanciers' Association in accordance with the following conditions:

Rule I: When sire and dam have been properly registered in (a) the Stud-Book of this Association; (b) the American Cat Association Stud-Book; (c) the United States Official Register and Stud-Book; (d) the Beresford Cat Club Stud-Book; (e) the Stud-Book of the National Cat Club of England, or in the Cat Club Register.

Rule 2: When the sire and dam, and the grand sires and grand dams, six direct ancestors, are of the same breed and registered in the Stud-Book of the National Cat Club of England.

Rule. 3: When the sire or dam shall have won a Championship in England under the Rules of the National Cat Club, or in America, under or in accordance with the Rules of this Association, no further tracing back of the pedigree of that particular ancestor shall be necessary.

Rule 4: When the sire and dam, and the grand sires and grand dams are of the same breed and properly registered in the Register of this Association.

Rule 5: When the cat has been registered in the American Cat Association Stud-Book, the United States Official Register and Stud-Book, or in the Stud-Book of the National Cat Club of England, or in the Cat Club Register.

Rule 6: When the cat shows three top crosses of sires of one breed registered in any one of the Stud-Books named in Rule I.

Rule 7: When a cat of any of the breeds recognized by the Cat Fanciers' Association has been imported from European countries, on satisfactory evidence that it is of pure blood.

Rule 8: When a cat shall have won a full championship under the rules of this Association.

Shaded Silver Persian
TABSFIELD MIGNONETTE
Chinchilla Silver Persian
Born May 1, 1928

ADDITIONAL ARTICLES:

The Silver and Golden Persian By Janice Reichle

The History of Silver and Golden Persians By Karol Cummins

Breeding Silver Persians - A Solid Success at Missionhill By Munira Murrey

The Book of the Cat, Chapter 12, Chinchilla and Shaded Persians, Published 1903, By Francis Simpson

The History of Chinchilla Silver Persians By Professor K. W. Bentley

Everybody's Cat Book, Published 1909, By Dorothy Bevill Champion

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