Colson Elfin TOC ? Help date this thing

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    I found this and could not refuse. I have to get a picture of the badge. This must be a early Colson. I have found some colson tri wheels but they are in the teens and the frame is different. I have not been able to find the name Elfin. The frame is put together not welded like a bunch of pipes screwed together. The rear wheels are 26" and the front wheel is 13". Can anyone help i.d. this with a picture or something or somewhere I can go to check it out? Thanks, Kirk P1230529.JPG P1230530.JPG P1230531.JPG P1230532.JPG P1230535.JPG P1230536.JPG P1230533.JPG P1230534.JPG
     
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    Thanks so much. I found everything I needed. It appears this is made in 1900. It is a very early Colson.
     
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    Here is some more pictures.The only thing I can find wrong is there is a rod broke as you can see in the pics, looks to be a easy fix. The rubber is not the best but it;s there. The left rim has a couple spokes broke but the rim still works as it should. You can see in the last photo there is a wire wrapped around the end of the axle. I am going to check that today. Can anyone guess as to the worth of these as I am thinking to sell. I do not see any that have sold anywhere. I found one in a Copake auction catalog but that sold for a lot I do think those prices are a bit high. Thanks in advance for anything you can add. Kirk P1230547.JPG P1230548.JPG P1230549.JPG P1230551.JPG P1230552.JPG P1230553.JPG P1230555.JPG P1230556.JPG P1230558.JPG P1230529.JPG
     
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    Your observation is right on the money about the frame looking like pipes. Some of the earlier tricycles are made from standard iron pipe. The Velo King tricycles I have from the late 1930s/early '40s use 3/4" schedule 80 (0.154" wall thickness) iron pipe for the main frame member. Makes for a pretty heavy and solid trike!

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    I am going to sell this and would like $600 for it. I do not know how to or where to move this in the for sale threads. If you can help me with this I would be happy to do it. Thanks again, Kirk