Confused about manufacture of this Royal Prince

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WebEckSpert

On Training Wheels
Sep 19, 2018
2
45
Western New York
Hi all,
Can anyone tell me if this is a Hercules or a Coventry Eagle or what? It was my dad’s bike as a youth. He must’ve acquired it used in Detroit in the 40s.
I’d like to restore it but I don’t know what it is.
I can’t seem to find the logo or head badge posted anywhere. Any ideas?
Carl

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Adamtinkerer

Cruisin' on my Bluebird
Sep 8, 2008
3,844
Western North carolina
If it has a Sturmey Archer hub, it'll have a two digit year code on it.
 

Oilit

I live for the CABE
Dec 30, 2015
1,046
Concord NC
I've seen A Hercules Royal Prince from the '50's, but the decals on this one don't mention anything about Hercules, and the lugs don't look the same. What kind of rear hub does it have? Sturmey-Archer was the most common, but Hercules and Brampton hubs are also found on English bikes from the '50's.
 

WebEckSpert

On Training Wheels
Sep 19, 2018
2
45
Western New York
Hub was so rusty. I didn't see anything on it. Do you have a suggestion on how to clear off the rust without removing the numbers?
 

GTs58

I'm the Wiz, and nobody beats me!
Sep 2, 2012
12,006
Central Arizona
Hub was so rusty. I didn't see anything on it. Do you have a suggestion on how to clear off the rust without removing the numbers?
A brass brush or 0000 steel wool and WD-40.
 

Oilit

I live for the CABE
Dec 30, 2015
1,046
Concord NC
@GTs58 is right, the names and numbers are stamped into the metal, so you don't have to worry about scrubbing them off.
 
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