Lot 311: A late 1860s V?locip?de. A smaller-framed bicycle than one normally encounters, this machine having had front and rear wheels replaced, nicely crafted to pattern by S. J. Harris. Indeed, please see the photograph of the wheelwright with the wheels, talking to HRH Prince Charles at the Ironbridge museum about 35-years ago, the front wheel measures 33-inches and the rear 29-inches, and they appear to possess their original iron tyring, these, together with the iron frame and ancillaries, have been treated with preservative, and left to provide an excellent foundation for the completion of the restoration, other features include a brake mechanism and return spring, saddle pan, handlebars and later turned grips and shaped cranks, the nearside being an original, with bob pedals fitted, unusually, the frame incorporates a slot to allow the front of the saddle spring to move back and forth with the spring. (1)
Dominic Winter's Automobilia & Motoring Literature Vintage Bicycles Maritime & Railways, Toys & Models
Thursday, 12th November 2015
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