Lot 323: A circa 1892 Howe Machine Co., No 11 Roadster. Although attribution is a little unclear, this Safety Bicycle appears to match the period advertisements for the Howe cushion-tyred model, the 21?-inch frame is finished in a semi-gloss black finish, and features two 28 x 1?-inch rims with cushion-tyres fitted, plunger brake to the front wheel, 'D' section mudguards, 20-inch handlebars with celluloid grips, matching foot rests, period pedals with later rubber blocks and detachable 7-inch cranks. The inch-pitch block chain was renewed when the machine was restored some twenty years ago. It comes with a leather saddle currently with a modern padded cover fitted, a leather tool bag and a hand-held vice, successfully pressed into use as a spoke tightener. The nickel-plating is in excellent condition, and the bearings free and serviceable. (1)
Dominic Winter's Automobilia & Motoring Literature Vintage Bicycles Maritime & Railways, Toys & Models
Thursday, 12th November 2015
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