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I completely agree, 1897-1899 would be a more appropriate year for this Alvah Roebuck bike based on everything that I see. Truly a beautiful example but much later construction than anything built by any manufacturer in 1890. Regardless of what his documentation says I do not see anything that confirms the year such as a bill of sale of even a catalog page showing this bicycle is from 1890.
I have a very similarly well preserved Montgomery Wards example from 1899 and I do have the sales documentation and catalog for that bicycle and it has far more in common with this Alvah Roebuck bicycle than my 1891 Columbia woman's bike.
I did read the letter. This Alvah is not a 1890 and 1891 bike but rather at least 5 or more years later. So no disrespect but her daughter's relocation is incorrect. The mother must have ridden a different bike in 1890 and 1891 because this Alvah had not been produced yet.
Cool and thank you . you know more then us for sure then about these bikes ,just going off what we had ,no catalog I guess till 1894 .So again just going off of what paper work we had with the bike. Thank you for all your bike information .I changed the heading to 1890s bike so more correct .Take care Terry and Tammy
I would have to say for the bike being 125 to 129 years old,I have never seen one this well preserved ever in my time of bike collecting of any make , it could possibly fetch more at the rite auction,nothing really to compare it to