Lot 339: A circa 1893 Elswick Cycle Co., Safety Bicycle. An expensive bicycle in the early 1890s, this very original machine has never been restored, and the remains of brick red enamel probably represents its original finish. Indeed, the 1892 catalogue reports that, 'our bicycles are available in black or colours'. The trademark cross-over down tubes are a dominant feature of this imposing but lightweight 24-inch frame, and also showcased are beautiful round section cranks with lightweight rat trap pedals, wide handlebars, lever operated plunger brake to the front wheel and replacement saddle leather and grips. It is fitted with 'Green Tyres'. These are lightweight cushion tyres and were bonded to the rims because the rims are uncommon sizes. The valves are therefore 'false'. Highly useable and one of only several similar machines surviving. (1)
Dominic Winter's Automobilia & Motoring Literature Vintage Bicycles Maritime & Railways, Toys & Models
Thursday, 12th November 2015
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