1915 to 1919 Sears Chief - Documentation & Bike Thread

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  1. #1 Posted Dec 16, 2012

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    There always seems to be a ton of interest around the 1915 to 1919 Sears Chiefs so I thought I'd start a thread specific to documenting these great bikes. I know there are several threads with a lot of data on these bikes but this is intended specifically to be a "documentation" thread.

    I am adding some PowerPoint slides in the first few posts I will continue to update with newly found ads or data or pics on the badge color schemes, badge facial variations, and drop stand variations. I have put these together based on my knowledge & I am no expert on these nor do I own one but I am fascinated by them.

    Please feel free to post any ads or documentation you may have as well as Pics of bikes. It would really be nice to get pics of head badges & serial numbers (BB pics) of peoples actual bikes to document badges or other details with specific years.

    Thanks & hope we can get a lot of participation, especially from experts on the subject.

    Gary
     
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    1915 Ads

    Here are the 1915 ads I have.

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    1916 Ads

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    1917 Ads

    Here is the 1917 high res ad courtesy of Balloontyre:

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    1918 Ads

    Here is the one 1918 ad I have.

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    1919 Ads

    Here is a high res copy of the 1919 ad courtesy of Balloontyre, note no good pic of head badge in this catalog.

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    Sears Chief Head Badge - Color Variations

    Here are three slides I put together for the three years of ads I have documenting at least three different Color Variations in the Headdress.

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    Sears Chief Head Badge - Facial Structure Variations

    Here are the three different facial structure identified by hoof hearted, Patric.

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    Sears Chief - Drop Stand Variations

    Here is a slide on the two drop stand variations that I am aware of.

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    Sears Chief Head Badge - Facial Structure Variation 1, Color Scheme Variation 1

    Sears Chief Head Badge - Early Facial Structure, 1915 ad Color headdress (Color Scheme Variation 1)

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    Need 1916 Sears Chief ad

    1917 ads updated in Post #4 & 1919 ad added to Post #6, both courtesy of Balloontyre.

    Does anyone have a good copy of the 1916 catalog Sears Chief ad they can add to this thread????
     
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    1916 Chief

    I don't remember where I captured this page.
    Someone else had overlaid the yellow "1916" so I don't claim that it is definitive.
    But it seems plausible and likely, since the price is shown as $34.95.

    1915 = $31.45
    1916 = $34.95
    1917 = $39.95

    1916Searschief_zps7e5ad9bf-1.jpg



    More year identifying tricks?
    I noticed that there seems to be some slight frame changes after 1915/6. For 1915/6, the pulley for the 3 speed cable is mounted on the top bar, and the top and bottom bars appear to be parallel. For 1917 on, the pulley is shown on the seat post mast, and the top and bottom bars are no longer appear to be parallel, as the point where the lower bar meets the seat post mast appears to have been lowered. Did complaints about trousers catching on the pulley lead to a frame modification? Also, in the 1917-18 ads, the red darts on the seat post mast appear to have been lengthened and reduced from one on each side to one in the front. The 1920 paint scheme seems to keep the darts longer but return to side by side darts...

    1915
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    1917
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    Does anyone have a photo or the Chief bicycle with the bars close on the seat post tube like the 1915 add?
    I have a 1916 and the bars are farther apart,pulley between.Just a thought but maybe add drawing does not match the actual bicycle,that happened a lot, and used same add for 1916
     
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    1917 Descriptions and details

    From various pages of 1917 catalog, details of the Chief bicycle.
     
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    1916

    1916 full page ad, note the locking dropstand same as 1915 also.


    "Master Stand" from 1913 accessories pages.
     
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    Made In Canada... eh

    CCM built dropstand!!! from 1918 CCM catalog:

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    To my knowledge, they were always like the 1917 ad, never almost touching.
     
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    Similar to 1913 Master stand, the base looks different.


    Was it the chicken or the egg?
     
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    Though not badged a Chief (yet), I think this is a dead ringer. From the 1914 Chicago Cycle Trade Show: (Did Sears attend these shows and possibly order from this wholesaler?)

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