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Price
5500
Location
ashtabula
Zipcode
44004

Rambler

I live for the CABE
I checked my 1897 Sears & Roebuck Catalogue and of the Ladies' bicycle models offered that year; "Electric", "Utah", "Yukon", and the "Uno" which was the closest in design and construction to the "Alvah". Same style crank, pedals, frame, handle bar clamp, seat post, grips, etc. Based on the 1897 S&R offerings, I believe this "Alvah" must be either 1898 or 1899 because I also referenced my 1900 S&R catalog. The Ladies' bicycle models offered in 1900 were the; "Jewel", "Queen", and "Princess". The construction and componentry of the 1900 models had evolved just enough for me to conclude the "Alvah" predates 1900. Unfortunately I do not have S&R catalogues for 1898 or 1899 so I am unable to provide a copy of the advertisement for the "Alvah". This "Alvah" being offered for sale is certainly one of the finest examples of a truly preserved bicycle.
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Sevenhills1952

Wore out three sets of tires already!
There's a lot of information, controversy and mystery about Alvah Roebuck.
I'm thinking your friend ought to contact Christies or Sotheby's auction houses. It may bring more than $9800 he's asking.

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jungleterry

I live for the CABE
I checked my 1897 Sears & Roebuck Catalogue and of the Ladies' bicycle models offered that year; "Electric", "Utah", "Yukon", and the "Uno" which was the closest in design and construction to the "Alvah". Same style crank, pedals, frame, handle bar clamp, seat post, grips, etc. Based on the 1897 S&R offerings, I believe this "Alvah" must be either 1898 or 1899 because I also referenced my 1900 S&R catalog. The Ladies' bicycle models offered in 1900 were the; "Jewel", "Queen", and "Princess". The construction and componentry of the 1900 models had evolved just enough for me to conclude the "Alvah" predates 1900. Unfortunately I do not have S&R catalogues for 1898 or 1899 so I am unable to provide a copy of the advertisement for the "Alvah". This "Alvah" being offered for sale is certainly one of the finest examples of a truly preserved bicycle.
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thank you so much ,this is great information.we really appreciate this
 

Schwinny

Wore out three sets of tires already!
How could the guys at Sears not know who their founders name was?
How could the Worlds Largest Store, with their own Radio Station (WLS), selling primarily through catalog sales and dominating the market for nearly 100 years throughout the entire U.S., not put their entire catalog and sales platform online at the first drop of the internet hat?
Fuddy Duddy's
I don't think archival history was as important to folks in previous years. It was mostly cool trinkets from the past saved at random for the muse of someone related. We in the last 100 years are the only humans to collectively collect things for the fun of doing so. Those previous attitudes and conditions make things interesting for us today.

Another note being... I'm thinking the Alvah bicycle might not have been as famous as marketers previously mentioned. Looks like it took nearly 3 years of sifting to come up with some ephemera.... with the internet.

After looking through the paperwork previous, I wonder if the Famous Alvah Bicycle company was a Roebuck company on its own.
Aaaand..... Was this bike sold? I notice it is a sale post popped up but not bumped.
Where is this bike now? @jungleterry
 
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