Mystery Tandem Project (similar to Orient/Pierce/American)

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Groundhog

Look Ma, No Hands!
Dec 16, 2012
77
Williamsburg, VA
Thanks- was hoping to find better resolution versions of a couple of those! Seems like the patents postdate the failure of the original Fowler company but Fowler and F.C. Ferrin were probably building bikes pretty similar to those they built and sold in the 1893-7 period.
 

Groundhog

Look Ma, No Hands!
Dec 16, 2012
77
Williamsburg, VA
Iver bars on the Orient/America type bike

Ok- finally getting back to this tandem after finishing my dissertation! I just pulled out the half a handlebar that was on it when I got it and found a new clue!

So- is there any chance these are what came on a turn of the century bike or would they have been replacements? They would have been about 18" tip to tip.
 

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Groundhog

Look Ma, No Hands!
Dec 16, 2012
77
Williamsburg, VA
Spent a little more time getting rid of the white paint with acetone- still wondering if this tandem was originally black or plated. The headset is definitely plated and there are trances of smooth plating along all the tubes, not just at the joints.
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I've been looking at the badges again and based on the holes, it seems like Fowler (diamond) and Victor (rounded rectangle shape) are the most likely candidates. The Victor is the only one I've seen with the orient-style chainrings so far. Anyone know the distance between the holes on a Fowler badge?
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Groundhog

Look Ma, No Hands!
Dec 16, 2012
77
Williamsburg, VA
Thought I posted these but don't see them now. Parts after paint/gunk removal. The sprockets/chainwheels seem different from the Victor approach, ditto the crank bolting, etc.
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GiovanniLiCalsi

Riding a '38 Autocycle Deluxe
Jun 29, 2012
4,019
Alameda, California
Looks like Fauber hangers.
Here is a Velo on EBay. The Fauber catalog chainrings are very similar to your tandems.
 
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