1919 sears elgin king, dayton built??


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luckyfind

Finally riding a big boys bike
Jan 19, 2013
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#1
I bought this bike a few months back off of ebay. It was said to be an Iver Johnson. It is clearly not. Talking with a friend, he suggested maybe a sears elgin king, dayton built. It is a beautiful bike with a lot of original paint. There is one dent on the frame. Looks like it was shot with a 22. Any help identifying this bike would be great. My stable is a little to full for this build right now. So after i find out some history I'll post it in the sell trade forum. Thanks for the help.
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Balloontyre

Riding a '38 Autocycle Deluxe
Oct 2, 2011
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#2
Hi Thomas
I would agree that it is a Davis built bike, but not an Elgin King. Some other King. The badge almost looks like it doesn't belong, maybe added later, not sure? I will look at some catalog stuff for you on Monday.
Ivo
 

luckyfind

Finally riding a big boys bike
Jan 19, 2013
308
217
Coeur D Alene
#3
Hi Thomas
I would agree that it is a Davis built bike, but not an Elgin King. Some other King. The badge almost looks like it doesn't belong, maybe added later, not sure? I will look at some catalog stuff for you on Monday.
Ivo
great thanks! the bike came with a bunch of mixed up parts. It would be awesome to find the correct badge. I think the bike would look stunning as a rider with all the correct parts
 

Nick-theCut

I live for the CABE
Oct 29, 2010
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#4
Sorry. No info here. Just wanted to say... Great bike, love the paint and pins.
Peek under the badge and see what ya see.


~ Nick
 

Balloontyre

Riding a '38 Autocycle Deluxe
Oct 2, 2011
5,020
4,789
Bismarck, United States
#5
No Luck in Catalog

The only Elgin King bikes I see in pre 1920 Sears catalogs are diamond frame, the badges are different and clearly state "Elgin King". It looks like your frame has the geometry of the 1920 (yes I saw the "9") and later Davis motorbike.
Patric may have more info for you if he sees your post.
Good luck with it.
 

hoofhearted

Saint Lactose The Tolerant
Jan 20, 2010
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Fairborn, Ohio
#6
The only Elgin King bikes I see in pre 1920 Sears catalogs are diamond frame, the badges are different and clearly state "Elgin King". It looks like your frame has the geometry of the 1920 (yes I saw the "9") and later Davis motorbike.
Patric may have more info for you if he sees your post.
Good luck with it.

Thank you, Balloontyre ... Good Mornin', luckyfind ... not sure what the meaning of that badge is.

The frame has the appearance of a Davis-Built 1920 thru 1922 motorbike. However, it has a Model-Year,
Number Stamp of 9. The placement of this number suggests only model-year ... NOT YEAR BUILT.

These teen's-era bicycles are clothed in mystery, regardless of the manufacturer. Wish I could be
more helpful.



........ patric


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luckyfind

Finally riding a big boys bike
Jan 19, 2013
308
217
Coeur D Alene
#7
Sorry. No info here. Just wanted to say... Great bike, love the paint and pins.
Peek under the badge and see what ya see.


~ Nick
I just removed the head badge and it looks like its been on there for some time. no real clues, the paint has oxidized around the badge. ill try and post a pic later on. I'm thinking custom badge for a store of some kind. so maybe the badge is original. Im just guessing lots of questions??
 

luckyfind

Finally riding a big boys bike
Jan 19, 2013
308
217
Coeur D Alene
#8
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I just removed the head badge and it looks like its been on there for some time. no real clues, the paint has oxidized around the badge. ill try and post a pic later on. I'm thinking custom badge for a store of some kind. so maybe the badge is original. Im just guessing lots of questions??
 

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