Featherstone Duchess 1898


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Duchess

Finally riding a big boys bike
Feb 14, 2014
431
675
Beverly, MA
#2
I don't know a value, but it's really nice! Bike values seem strange to me—stuff that seems like disposable kid's junk to me is worth big money and quality made antiques often aren't, but I guess the former is mostly rooted in nostalgia, a disease that I have never been afflicted by. To me, something that old and in such shape with the beautiful stenciling should be worth good money, but being a step-through frame, I have no idea.
 
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bricycle

I'm the Wiz, and nobody beats me!
Nov 18, 2009
20,143
4,476
Chicago area west
#6
Fyi, wheels are 40's or newer, pedals too new, fenders too new (would have had wooden rear fender only likely) saddle is newer(teens/20's) although saddle top itself may be from TOC. Value, $500-$700. Wheels hurt the valuation most.
 
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bikejunk

Finally riding a big boys bike
Nov 1, 2014
475
108
55
passaic NJ
#9
This is absolute typical for a old unused bicycle to be refurbished during World War 2 -lots of people think thy got scraped but really most were put back into service due to gas rationing and automobile tire rationing a really wonderfull piece of history --Missing all the valuable parts -but a wonderful seat ask 500
 

shoe3

Wore out three sets of tires already!
Feb 2, 2011
809
548
Springfield, United States
#10
This is absolute typical for a old unused bicycle to be refurbished during World War 2 -lots of people think thy got scraped but really most were put back into service due to gas rationing and automobile tire rationing a really wonderfull piece of history --Missing all the valuable parts -but a wonderful seat ask 500
Featherstones were sold by the Wright Brothers 1890s mid period.
 

Waffenrad

'Lil Knee Scuffer
Oct 18, 2012
21
3
#11
There were some huge forum threads about Featherstone bicycles on the Wheelmen website a few years ago, but unfortunately that forum recently moved to a new server and the older content isn't available again yet. I kept copies of those forum threads myself and I'll try to upload them either here or on the new Wheelmen forum. In the meantime here a few highlights. Featherstone originated in Chicago around 1890 as a children's conveyance maker. In the early 1890s the company secured the exclusive American rights to the Scottish Dunlop tire, the first pneumatic bicycle tire. Featherstone quickly built an enormous factory and became one of America's largest manufacturers. However, Featherstone sold most of its bicycles to other distributors, so it is relatively rare to find a bicycle with a Featherstone badge. The Featherstone product line took its model names after royalty, i.e. Road King (men's), Road Queen (ladies'), Prince, Princess, Duke, Duchess, etc.
 

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