Teens pinstriping details ?

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famousDave

Look Ma, No Hands!
While attempting to restore a 1918 Excelsior moto bike truss model, I've come across these catalog images. From what I've seen, in the teens & twenties bikes typically have double hair line box pinstripes OR they have darts coming off the head tube and down the fork. These images seem to indicate the Excelsior (Michigan City ) craftsman applied both......Has anybody ever actually SEEN an example of this ? In particular, does anyone have a photo or example that shows how the double pin meets the pointed end of the "darts" ? Or, was it typical at the time for artists to "embellish" the catalog renderings ? Any help or info would be greatly appreciated.....
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rustyspoke66

Cruisin' on my Bluebird
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I don't have any examples off hand but I believe that most bicycles were catalog correct unless they were a mid model year promotion. This was a late teens to early 20's transition from box pins to darts. I do know that the 1918 Sears Master had both double box pins and darts.
 

famousDave

Look Ma, No Hands!
I don't have any examples off hand but I believe that most bicycles were catalog correct unless they were a mid model year promotion. This was a late teens to early 20's transition from box pins to darts. I do know that the 1918 Sears Master had both double box pins and darts.
Thanks.....Now all I have to do is find a photo of an example. The Merkel that just sold had both, but the transition at the end of the darts is JUST out of view in all of the 12 photos......Doh !
 
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