MAKERS: SUNBEAM (Marston Cycle Co)

John Marston (born 1836) was apprenticed to Edward Perry, Son & Co, of Wolverhampton in 1851 as a tin plate worker and japanner (sheet metal with baked enamel finish). On completion of his apprenticeship in 1859, he purchased the business of Daniel Lester and set up on his own. When Edward Perry died in 1871 he purchased that business too.
In 1887 the works foreman, William Newill, supervised the production of their first bicycle. After a second machine was made, the decision was taken to commence production at Jeddo Works in Wolverhampton. The name ‘Sunbeam’ was registered on 9 January 1888.

In 1889 Sunbeam cycles appeared at the London Stanley Show with three on view. One of the Sunbeam safeties featured a special eccentric crank bracket for adjusting the chain. This was the first bicycle part to be patented by the company.

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Items in this Collection

1. Bicycle Frame / Serial No Dating

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1897 ‘The Special Sunbeam’

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1900 The Ladies’ Golden Sunbeam

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1901 Royal Sunbeam for Ladies

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1901 Sunbeam Gent’s ‘Design OK’

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1902 Golden Sunbeam for Gentlemen. 27″ Frame & Villiers Two-Speed

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1902 Royal Sunbeam for Gentlemen

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1903 Sunbeam ‘Royal FB’ Gents Roadster

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1903 Sunbeam Ladies’ Model

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1904 Gentlemen’s Royal Sunbeam

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1905 All-Black Royal Sunbeam Tricycle

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1905 Royal Sunbeam for Gentlemen ‘Six-Speed’ Roadster

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1907 Golden Sunbeam for Ladies

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1909 Golden Sunbeam Gentlemen’s Tricycle

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1909 Royal Sunbeam for Gentlemen ‘Design FB’

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1910 Golden Sunbeam for Gentlemen

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1910 Golden Sunbeam for Gentlemen (Green, Tall frame)

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1911 ‘All-Black’ Golden Sunbeam for Gentlemen Three-Speed

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1911 Golden Sunbeam for Gentlemen (3 Speed)

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1911 Golden Sunbeam for Ladies (Green Enamel)

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1912 Golden Sunbeam Six Speed ‘Model A6’

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1912 Royal Sunbeam for Gentlemen (Green Enamel)

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1913 All-Black 3-Speed Royal Sunbeam for Gentlemen

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1913 All-Black Golden Sunbeam for Gentlemen

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1914 All-Black 3-Speed Royal Sunbeam for Gentlemen

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1914 All-Black Golden Sunbeam Tricycle

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1914 All-Black Royal Sunbeam for Gentlemen

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1914 Golden Sunbeam for Ladies

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1914 Golden Sunbeam for Ladies

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1914 Royal Sunbeam for Ladies

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1914 Royal Sunbeam for Ladies

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1915 All-Black Golden Sunbeam for Ladies

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1915 All-Black Royal Sunbeam for Ladies

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1915 Golden Sunbeam for Gentlemen ‘6 Speed’ Model A1

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1915 WW1 ‘The Military Sunbeam’

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1915 WW1 All-Black Golden Sunbeam for Gentlemen

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1916 All-Black Golden Sunbeam for Ladies

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1918 Golden Sunbeam for Gentlemen (22″ Frame)

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1918 Golden Sunbeam for Gentlemen (Tall 28″ Frame)

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1919 All-Black Golden Sunbeam for Ladies

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1919 Gentlemen’s Golden Sunbeam

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1919 Royal Sunbeam for Gentlemen 28″ Frame

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1920 All-Black Royal Sunbeam for Gentlemen (28″ Frame)

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1923 ‘Special Sunbeam’ Light Roadster (with Free Wheel)

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1923 All-Black Royal Sunbeam for Gentlemen 3-Speed

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1923 All-Black Royal Sunbeam for Ladies

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1924 All-Black Golden Sunbeam for Gentlemen

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1924 Golden Sunbeam for Gentlemen (Tall 30″ Frame)

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1925 All-Black Royal Sunbeam for Gentlemen

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1926 ‘The New Low-Built’ Golden Sunbeam

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1926 All Black ‘Special Sunbeam’

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1926 All-Black Royal Sunbeam for Gentlemen

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1926 All-Black Royal Sunbeam for Ladies

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1926 Golden Sunbeam for Gentlemen 26″ Frame

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1927 All-Black Royal Sunbeam for Gentlemen

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1928 Low-Built Golden Sunbeam for Gentlemen

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1929 All-Black Royal Sunbeam for Gentlemen

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1930 All-Black Royal Sunbeam for Gentlemen

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1931 All-Black Golden Sunbeam for Ladies

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1931 All-Black Royal Sunbeam for Gentlemen

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1932 All Black Golden Sunbeam for Gentlemen

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1932 All Black Royal Sunbeam for Gentlemen

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1932 All Black Royal Sunbeam for Gentlemen 28″ TALL FRAME

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1934 Sunbeam Road Racer Model B

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1935 Golden Sunbeam for Gentlemen

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1936 Golden Sunbeam 28″ Tall frame with Double Top Tube

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1937 Royal Sunbeam (Ladies’) Light Roadster

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1937/1938 Sunbeam Gent’s 21″ Silver Light Tourist

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1938 Sunbeam Royal Tandem ‘Model U’

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1939 Royal Sunbeam Tandem ‘Model U’

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1947 Sunbeam ‘LS3’ Sports

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1950 Sunbeam Gent’s Special Tourist Model WR6

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1955 Sunbeam Model W3 Gents Light Tourist

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CYCLE ATTACHMENT ENGINES: 1919 Simplex Power Unit

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SUNBEAM BICYCLE MUSEUM

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