New member need some help identifying pre-war bike

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Bostonian1976

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Hi all- I picked this up two days ago and would like some help identifying age/make if possible


Coaster brake is a New Departures Model A, two piece crank, wooden rims, Bfgoodrich 'safety bicycle tire' and 'Pennsylvania Sturdy Stud mfd by Pennsylvania Rubber Company' on the back. Of course these could have been replaced by I can't find reference to a Sturdy Stud later than 1917. This is post-cleaning. It was majorly barn-fresh!


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Oh and here's my old '36 Raleigh since I figure this crowd would appreciate it!
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Bostonian1976

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Blue

I washed the bike a bit more and a really great blue color
has emerged on the head tube extending back over the top tube. Looks original to me

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Bostonian1976

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Ok.

If I can provide any other details that may help I'd be game

Below bottom bracket on frame says "PATD Nov 23 1888" and fork has holes for wheel instead of slots...
 
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Bostonian1976

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I cleaned up the pedal that was on it - looks like 1898-1900 vintage to me, as does every other component on the bike.

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mid-cleaning of the hub

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Andrew Gorman

Cruisin' on my Bluebird
That is the original New Departure coaster in the catalog- it was made by the Corbin Screw Company that went on to make Corbin hubs. New Departure split off for some reason, and lasted until the late 1950's making coaster hubs. Take a close look at the catalog picture- that hub is set up for straight-pull spokes!
 

twowheelfan

Wore out three sets of tires already!
i am a novice, but i can tell you that you are in the ballpark.if its a block type chain it is probably pre 1900, regular inch pitch roller after 1900. bars seem early as well as the pedals (torrington #1) http://www.speedplay.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=pedalmuseum.quill
i have some bikes from the period between 1899 and 1915 and they all seem to have the Hole in the front forks instead of the slot. Most of mine have ND model A's from that period. its real hard to find info on the bikes from that period with out the headbadge, especially if there is no great big difference in design. unless there is a specific patent number on some part that you think is orignal to the bike.
chase down the patent number and you might get somewhere. The headbadge hole spacing/orientation might help. it did with my pierce that i got in similar, but slightly worse condition.
 
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