Kathrina- Hampshire Cycle mfg Co

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Blue Streak

Finally riding a big boys bike
Nov 4, 2015
243
Erie PA
Hampshire Cycle Manufacturing Company (1894-1900)

1894 - Hampshire Cycle Manufacturing Company begins building bicycles in a modest way. Produces 350 bicycles.

February 1, 1895 reference – Hampshire Cycle Company is a new partnership composed of Taintan, McAlpine and CE Herrick. The new concern will manufacture and deal in bicycles.

September 23, 1895 reference – Hampshire Cycle Company reorganizes from a partnership to a corporation. Plans to manufacture 1500-2000 bicycles in 1896.

December 13, 1895 reference – Hampshire Cycle Mfg. Company will call their gentlemen's wheel the Nonotuck, the name of a celebrated mountain in their locality. The ladies’ wheel will be called Kathrina, after the well-known poem.

January 18-25, 1896 – First time exhibiting was at the Third Annual Exhibition of Cycles at Madison Square Garden.

1896 – Manufactures the Nonotuck and Kathrina and Hampshire (medium grade) bicycles.

1897 – Manufactures the Nonotuck, Kathrina and Hampshire (medium grade) bicycles.

1898 – Manufactures the Nonotuck, Kathrina and Hampshire (medium grade) bicycles.

December 22, 1898 – Company decides to close.

January 5, 1899 – Charles E. Herrick continues the business. He owns the factory.

April 17, 1900 – Corporation is dissolved.

The bicycle posted above looks to be the Hampshire model per name badge not a Kathrina. Serial number 6455 may make it a 1898 model if 1500-2000 bicycles were made in 1896 and at least that in 1897 and 1898.

I will not post all period references I found. If anyone is interested in them, please PM me and I will get them to you.

Selected period references:

January 9, 1896 issue of The Referee and Cycle Trade Journal:
1896.01.09 - Referee and Cycle Trade Journal - Hampshire 1.JPG

1896.01.09 - Referee and Cycle Trade Journal - Hampshire 2.JPG

1896.01.09 - Referee and Cycle Trade Journal - Hampshire 3.JPG


January 9, 1896 issue of The Referee and Cycle Trade Journal:
1896.01.09 - Referee and Cycle Trade Journal - Hampshire Ad.JPG


January 23, 1896 issue of The Referee and Cycle Trade Journal:
1896.01.23 - Referee and Cycle Trade Journal - Hampshire.JPG


January 24, 1896 issue of The Wheel and Cycling Trade Review:
1896.01.24 - The Wheel and Cycling Trade Review - Hampshire Cycle at NYC Show.JPG


February 21, 1896 issue of The Wheel and Cycling Trade Review:
1896.02.21 - The Wheel and Cycling Trade Review - Hampshire Ad.JPG


May 7, 1896 issue of The Referee and Cycle Trade Journal. Hampshire Cycle Company to use Bi-Gear:
1896.05.07 - Referee and Cycle Trade Journal - Hampshire to use Bi-Gear.JPG


January 7, 1897 issue of The Iron Age:
1897.01.07 - The Iron Age - Hampshire Seat Post for 1897 1.JPG


February 11, 1897 issue of The Referee and Cycle Trade Journal:
1897.02.11 - Referee and Cycle Trade Journal - Hampshire at NYC Show 1.JPG

1897.02.11 - Referee and Cycle Trade Journal - Hampshire at NYC Show 2.JPG


February 12, 1897 issue of The Wheel and Cycling Trade Review:
1897.02.12 - The Wheel and Cycling Trade Review - Hampshire at NYC Show.JPG


1898 Nonotuck catalog (fourth annual catalog meaning the first one was 1895) that sold at Copake Auction:
1898 Hampshire Catalog 1.jpg


1898 Hampshire Catalog 2.jpg


1898 Hampshire Catalog 3.jpg
 

Jewelman13

Finally riding a big boys bike
Apr 18, 2015
343
Center Conway, United States
Hampshire Cycle Manufacturing Company (1894-1900)

1894 - Hampshire Cycle Manufacturing Company begins building bicycles in a modest way. Produces 350 bicycles.

February 1, 1895 reference – Hampshire Cycle Company is a new partnership composed of Taintan, McAlpine and CE Herrick. The new concern will manufacture and deal in bicycles.

September 23, 1895 reference – Hampshire Cycle Company reorganizes from a partnership to a corporation. Plans to manufacture 1500-2000 bicycles in 1896.

December 13, 1895 reference – Hampshire Cycle Mfg. Company will call their gentlemen's wheel the Nonotuck, the name of a celebrated mountain in their locality. The ladies’ wheel will be called Kathrina, after the well-known poem.

January 18-25, 1896 – First time exhibiting was at the Third Annual Exhibition of Cycles at Madison Square Garden.

1896 – Manufactures the Nonotuck and Kathrina and Hampshire (medium grade) bicycles.

1897 – Manufactures the Nonotuck, Kathrina and Hampshire (medium grade) bicycles.

1898 – Manufactures the Nonotuck, Kathrina and Hampshire (medium grade) bicycles.

December 22, 1898 – Company decides to close.

January 5, 1899 – Charles E. Herrick continues the business. He owns the factory.

April 17, 1900 – Corporation is dissolved.

The bicycle posted above looks to be the Hampshire model per name badge not a Kathrina. Serial number 6455 may make it a 1898 model if 1500-2000 bicycles were made in 1896 and at least that in 1897 and 1898.

I will not post all period references I found. If anyone is interested in them, please PM me and I will get them to you.

Selected period references:

January 9, 1896 issue of The Referee and Cycle Trade Journal:
1896.01.09 - Referee and Cycle Trade Journal - Hampshire 1.JPG

1896.01.09 - Referee and Cycle Trade Journal - Hampshire 2.JPG

1896.01.09 - Referee and Cycle Trade Journal - Hampshire 3.JPG


January 9, 1896 issue of The Referee and Cycle Trade Journal:
1896.01.09 - Referee and Cycle Trade Journal - Hampshire Ad.JPG


January 23, 1896 issue of The Referee and Cycle Trade Journal:
1896.01.23 - Referee and Cycle Trade Journal - Hampshire.JPG


January 24, 1896 issue of The Wheel and Cycling Trade Review:
1896.01.24 - The Wheel and Cycling Trade Review - Hampshire Cycle at NYC Show.JPG


February 21, 1896 issue of The Wheel and Cycling Trade Review:
1896.02.21 - The Wheel and Cycling Trade Review - Hampshire Ad.JPG


May 7, 1896 issue of The Referee and Cycle Trade Journal. Hampshire Cycle Company to use Bi-Gear:
1896.05.07 - Referee and Cycle Trade Journal - Hampshire to use Bi-Gear.JPG


January 7, 1897 issue of The Iron Age:
1897.01.07 - The Iron Age - Hampshire Seat Post for 1897 1.JPG


February 11, 1897 issue of The Referee and Cycle Trade Journal:
1897.02.11 - Referee and Cycle Trade Journal - Hampshire at NYC Show 1.JPG

1897.02.11 - Referee and Cycle Trade Journal - Hampshire at NYC Show 2.JPG


February 12, 1897 issue of The Wheel and Cycling Trade Review:
1897.02.12 - The Wheel and Cycling Trade Review - Hampshire at NYC Show.JPG


1898 Nonotuck catalog (fourth annual catalog meaning the first one was 1895) that sold at Copake Auction:
1898 Hampshire Catalog 1.jpg


1898 Hampshire Catalog 2.jpg


1898 Hampshire Catalog 3.jpg
Wow!!! Amazing info!! Thank you!
 
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Jewelman13

Finally riding a big boys bike
Apr 18, 2015
343
Center Conway, United States
Wow, your lacing skills are impressive. I wouldn't know where to start.
Thanks! The only re-lacing I did was the fender skirt, the chain guard is still original as found. When I got the bike I was lucky enough to have some of the original lacing so I could study it and copy it like how it was originally done.
 
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