Bike i.d. Gloriana TOC

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kshimp41

Finally riding a big boys bike
Jun 10, 2015
238
Williamsport, United States
Any help on this Gloriana badged JS Leng Sons.
appreciated. Yesr? Mfg.? See Pics.. Thanks.
Kirby

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Mercian

Wore out three sets of tires already!
Jul 1, 2016
715
53
France
Hi Kirby,

Since we've already discussed this bike a bit on PM, I thought I'd put up what I'd found, so that others don't need to repeat the same research, or they can modify or build on what I've done. There's still much to find out.

A little research on your bike shows:

From 1892 onwards JOHN S. LENG'S SON & CO., were based at 4 Fletcher Street. NEW YORK, and were importers of weldless cold drawn steel tubes, (as used in bicycle manufacture, amongst other things).

The references are from The Wheel and cycling trade review, with a search for Leng's here:

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The Wheel and cycling trade review : Free Download, Borrow, and Streaming : Internet Archive
Vol. 26, no. 4 (Sept. 6, 1900) = whole no. 654 LIC
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This link tells us that the Gloriana was a Leng's product in 1903 -

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Also, the:
Greyhound, 1903
Storm King 1903
Armstrong 1903
Fay 1903
Fletcher 1903
Fay 1903
Geneva 1903

I'm not sure from the document what the original sources are, and I think the year is a 'first year of manufacture' or something, since looking up better known makes gives a single year also. But 1903 seems a reasonable earliest date for the bike.

Sorry I can't help more,

Best Regards,

Adrian
 

Blue Streak

Finally riding a big boys bike
Nov 4, 2015
365
Erie PA
Here are some 1906-1913 ads from a search of Gloriana Bicycle on newspapers.com. No references to Leng's.

Also found references for three stolen Glorianas:
#6063 stolen September 1908
#295329 stolen October 1908
#12708 stolen June 1909

December 1906:
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bricycle

I'm the Wiz, and nobody beats me!
Nov 18, 2009
23,632
Chicago area west
Well, seeing as your cycle has fenders, and assuming they came with the bike, I would place this as Circa 1911-1915. What make rear hub does she sport?
 

Archie Sturmer

I live for the CABE
Jun 13, 2018
1,542
Los Angeles, CA, USA
I have a girls frame with similar fine print stamped on the bottom bracket, along with the serial numbers stamped on the seat tube mast. Although mine does not have the pinch bolt provision for a seat post clamp. I was guessing that mine was of the Great Western make; (1902 Adlake Model 38?).
If one could ascertain the month and year, (along with the 24th day), the patent might be researched for a clue as to the maker.
However, patent dates only serve as no-sooner-than information.
 
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kshimp41

Finally riding a big boys bike
Jun 10, 2015
238
Williamsport, United States
Only found Atherton Brake Arm. Pat. 1902. Nothing on hubs

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