1892 Featherstone "Count"

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locomotion

Cruisin' on my Bluebird
claimed to be a ladies 1892 Featherstone pictures found on Google
same BB structure as on the Count

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locomotion

Cruisin' on my Bluebird
Miracle has happened. Found the dropped headbadge tiny screw from last week.
Last week, I wanted to removed the headbadge to see if there was original paint underneath it and dropped the tiny screw on the garage floor. I could not locate the damn thing so I had given up not wanting to lose the second one.
I am sure it has happened to most, it seems like those tiny screws will simply vanish once dropped on the floor.
Well today I found it...it had travelled pretty damn far.
So took the badge off and black paint is well preserved.
Now I want to restore the bike.....should I? What would you do?

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locomotion

Cruisin' on my Bluebird
@Blue Streak
Are you able to find more, earlier, stolen records of Featherstone bicycles?
my serial looks to be C22797 or 022797, pretty sure it's a C
might help narrow down the year of my bike

your posted that :
September 19, 1895 - The Evening Bulletin (Decatur IL)
a Count serial 027593 was stolen

thanks
Max
Turned the bike upside down for the first time and noticed that the serial is also stamped under the BB.
First location was next to the seat post on the rear top tube lug

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Blue Streak

Finally riding a big boys bike
Found one more Featherstone Count reference:

From a Boston Store ad in July 21, 1895 issue of Chicago Tribune:
1349170


So far all the Featherstone Count references I have found are from 1895 and 1896.

As for Featherstone serial numbers from stolen or missing references have only found:
SN 2062 Featherstone listed stolen March 30, 1893
SN 2349 Featherstone listed stolen November 17, 1893
SN 4276 Featherstone listed stolen November 24, 1893
SN 5812 Featherstone listed stolen April 7, 1893
SN 6264 Featherstone listed stolen November 17, 1893
SN 027593 Count listed stolen September 19, 1895

From March 30, 1893 issue of The Nebraska State Journal (Lincoln NE)
1349177


From April 7, 1893 issue of The Bearings
1349178


From November 17, 1893 issue of The Bearings
1349194


From November 24, 1893 issue of The Bearings
1349195


From September 19, 1895 issue of The Evening Bulletin (Decatur IL)
1349183




Some annual Featherstone production number references:
March 16, 1894 Featherston said they were going to make 25,000 that season (1894). Have not found a later reference to confirm actual production number.
August 8, 1895 they said they made 45,000+ for 1895 season and were preparing to make 75,000 for 1896, but in December 10, 1896 they said they produced 60,000 in 1896.

From March 16, 1894 issue of The Bearings
1349179


From August 8, 1895 issue of The Referee
1349180


From December 10, 1896 issue of The Referee
1349181
 

locomotion

Cruisin' on my Bluebird
in this old post from The Wheelmen website, a member says that the Featherstone line-up only had a "shield" badge with the name "Prince", "Road King" ect on it that was made specifically for the 1893 World’s Fair and Columbian Exposition in Chicago. His bike was restored by the great @Craig Allen
Anyone know how to reach The Wheelmen member : Ride the High Country
I would like to contact him to see pictures of his bike to compared
 
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