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Chicago Stockyard March-Davis Steer Horn Bike

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Jesse McCauley

McCauley Cycle Works
Ca. 1896 March-Davis "The March" with period custom steer horn handlebars.
The lore surrounding these bars is that they originate from the Chicago stockyard tradition in the 1890's. For this reason I used a Chicago built bike from the same period to feature these killer horns.

There are a number of supporting details to validate the claim that these are indeed ca. 1896 Chicago made handlebars.
Chicago and particularly the Union Stock Yard would have been a very fitting environment to show off such a fashionable bicycle accessory and the horns themselves would have been readily available.
The stem itself is from Turner Brass Works which is also a Chicago company. This 1896 advert for their company shows the same stem and my suspicion is Turner Brass itself modified the stem in-house for the commission.

Thus far I have seen one poor quality period image of a Butcher with a safety bicycle outfitted similarly, reportedly also from Chicago, but the original photo is not at my disposal to study.

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gkeep

I live for the CABE
Wow, that is a remarkable piece of research to find the photo to match the bars. What an eye catcher they would have been for a butchers delivery boy to ride up and drop off the order. Or riding these in a parade in a butchers or some related fraternal/union group. The rider would have caused a stir whatever the occasion. Makes me think of the many custom cars with western theme sixshooter door handles, horns on the hood, etc.
 
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