MRG your bikes are great! These bikes look great as is. I posted one yesterday, a 52 , In rust vrs. patina forum and at this point where i am at in this hobby I prefer to leave them as I found them. I put a 37 girls hawthorne on the stand yesterday that I will take apart and leave as is. Really like your bikes!!! tink.
Not sure what yr. (40 or 41) mine are, don't know if there is any other difference besides paint to tell yr. they are made by two co. for Wards (CWC & Snyder) and two versions All American & American (shifter-noshifter). I talked to rms37 years ago about figuring out the # but do not see him on here much anymore
Without the serial number from the BB I would guess 1940. Reason I say that 1939 was the last year CWC used a straight down tube but they used up the previous years parts first. The 1940 CWC is the year they used chain guards that wrapped around the rear sprocket. The serial # is the most accurate.
my hawthorns pre war first two are pre war third primed one one is later ladies pre war red one and I have more hawthones these might be for sale first two original and the rest o have more will list them later
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