Pierce Bicycle serial numbers

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  1. #1 Posted Apr 4, 2015

    Look Ma, No Hands!

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    Hello Pierce People

    Over the years many posts have been done about Pierce bicycles ...has any one gathered serial numbers to more accurately date them ?

    On the Wheelmen web site Dave Toppin has begun the gather serial numbers ..please link

    http://www.thewheelmen.org/forum/topic.asp?TOPIC_ID=2032

    Pierce had many model numbers over the years , different model for each size frame, changing each year ( at least in the 1898-1904 period ) some machines have decals with model numbers on the slope tube up near the head ..... if a few original machines are out there with model numbers and serial #'s building a timeline of production will come together rather quickly ...
    in later years Pierce seemed to use the same model number for many years ..

    Pierce began bicycle production in 1891
    Cushion frame with leaf spring 1898-1902
    1898 seamless joints on all models prior years visible joints
    Chainless production starts 1900
    Front spring fork starts 1902
    1906 Pierce Cycle Co is formed nameplate change
    1918 Emblem buys Pierce Cycle assets ... Name plates now change to Angola production continues to 1940


    If any one has catalogs in the 1905-1914 range, they would be a great help to help pin point model changes .

    At the Wheelmen link you can find Dave's link for the 1899 and 1900 Pierce catalogs


    Here are a few photos of Racer # 165509 with Pierce Cycle Co nameplate model 110 .... after 1906 before 1918


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  2. #2 Posted Apr 4, 2015

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    Yes I agree - I think this is a nut we should be able to crack to a degree. I posted the Chart - I will do it below again...It may or may not be accurate. Part of the point of this thread. I have asked on the wheelman site for more specific info from Dave Toppin. But we should be able to come up with additional info so to speak.

    My Serial number of this one is located by the seat stem and is 135320

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  3. #3 Posted Apr 4, 2015

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    1915 Pierce bicycles at the 1914 show

    Special racer at the forefront from the Bicycling World and Motorcycle review Oct 20 1914

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  4. #4 Posted Apr 26, 2015

    Riding a '38 Autocycle Deluxe

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    Here is what we have so far......

    Pierce serial numbers

    55972 Special Man's c1898 - Collected by Dave Toppin
    57365 Special Model 344 Chain driven cushion ( Flat Spring by Crank ) - Shawn - believed to be 1901/2….the cabe
    60292 Racer Man’s - Collected by Dave Toppin
    61758 ( stamped on Seat tube ) Tom ( Tommydale1950) The cabe
    76088 Men’s Chainless - ( Jeff Powell ) Cushion frame, spring forks (no shackles), New Departure/P&F Corbin coaster brake, Christy saddleBadge: The Geo. N. Pierce Co., Buffalo
    85410 Men's Chainless - Hygienic Cushion frame - No springer fork ( Mikeymike ) the Cabe
    86133 Cushion Chain Driven - Thought to be 1901 ( Richard Smith )
    87605 Cushion Shaft Drive ( Richard Smith )
    96665 Ladies Chainless ( Jeff Powell ) Cushion frame, Spring forks w/shackles, Pierce New Departure coaster brake, Christy saddle
    Badge: The Geo. N. Pierce Co., Buffalo
    106877 Cushion Shaft Drive ( Richard Smith )
    106877 Chainless Men’s - collected by David Toppin - Again not sure if he is referring to Richards bike
    135320 Cushion Chain driven model - believed to be a 1903/4? ( Will Cress ) Stamped on Seat tube
    135320 Chainless - collected by David Toppin…Not sure if he is referring to Will’s or if this is another Model?
    152026 Chain Driven - LuxLow Stamped on Dropout
    165302 Man's c1900 ….collected by David Toppin
    165509 - Model 110 Special Racer ( Carey Williams ) stamped on dropout
    165509 Special Racer Man’s ..Collected by David Toppin - not sure if he is referring to Carey’s bike
    166682 Model 121. Pierce Cycle Co, Buffalo badge. ( dfa252 ) stamped on dropout

    170381 Racer Badge is Pierce Cycle Co., Buffalo ( Jeff Powell )
    180173 Chain driven , Pace bike with Lap bell - type 4 Buffalo badge ( Gary - Gkeep ) The cabe
    185513 ( stamped on drop out ) Tom ( Tommydale1950) The cabe
    256237 Pierce SBBR ( Carlitos ) considered to be a 1922 model
     
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  5. #5 Posted Apr 26, 2015

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    How about this badge? Any idea of year on this one?

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  6. #6 Posted Apr 27, 2015

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    Here's another one for the list - Serial # 166682 Model 121. Pierce Cycle Co, Buffalo badge.

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  7. #7 Posted Apr 27, 2015

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    Just in Case,,,,My 1922 PIERCE SBRR Serial # 2 56237
    I Think that the First 2 Means the Year???

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  8. #8 Posted May 3, 2015

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    How about you chainless Pierce owners........ there have to be more Pierce guys than this on the cabe.
     
  9. #9 Posted May 5, 2015

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    Here's my Pierce Cycle Company (badge type#4) project. Serial #180173. Thanks for starting this, great idea.
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    Gary
     
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  10. #10 Posted May 5, 2015

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    Could the first two numbers be the year?

    Carlitos, you may be on to the code. Could the 18 in my serial number #180173 be 1918, built in Buffalo? Could the serial number system have changed when the company reorganized and the name was changed in 1908?

    Is that a Victorian cast door bell on the back mounted under the seat? How is it mounted and used? I have a nice cast door bell in the same style, it would make a cool bike bell.

    Gary
     
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  11. #11 Posted May 6, 2015

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    Hi Gary,
    I'm hoping the serial number mystery can be decoded at some point, but to answer your second question, the story told was that it was used as a pace bike on the track and this was a lap bell clamped to the frame. Not sure how true it is but that's all I got and I'm stickin' to it! The bell has an amazing loud and clear ring to it.

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  12. #12 Posted Jun 9, 2015

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    My Pierce Ladies' Chain-less Cushion serial number is on the seat post.
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    Angola, NY., U.S.A.
    It has an incorrect badge.
    Should be the #3 badge.

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  13. #13 Posted Jun 9, 2015

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    Pierce Ladies 1924

    Here is a picture from my 1924 Pierce catalog showing ladies model and no mention of chainless availability ..Tom
     

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    Looking to replace incorrect Angola badge to the #3 Buffalo badge.
     
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  15. #15 Posted Jun 24, 2015

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    Hi, Not sure if I am doing this right, never been on here, anyway, I found this bike in a garage, The name plate is "Pierce" tried and True! Itsa camelback style frame, and I found numbers under the crank, can you help me with what year it may be, thank you, Barry pierce bike (14).JPG
     
  16. #16 Posted Jun 24, 2015

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    Your must be a 20's or later. Here's mine. 07 -teens I think.
     
  17. #17 Posted Jun 25, 2015

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    Thats a beauty!! Did you refinish the grips and if so what did you use to preserve the leather and wood? I've been using beeswax leather preservative on the leather but have not finished the wood yet. Considering good old orange shellac.

    Gary
     
  18. #18 Posted Jun 26, 2015

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    Thanks I use leather conditioner on the seat and conditioned the tires. That's all I've done.
     
  19. #19 Posted Nov 11, 2015

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    Pierce 1897.... the Referee

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    More Pierce 1897

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