6 FEBRUARY, 1886: PATENT ILLUSTRATION
for Hillman, Herbert & Cooper’s new Cross frame Safety Bicycle
1886 Hillman, Herbert & Cooper
‘Premier’ Cross frame Safety, 2nd Pattern
The ‘Mudguard Frame design, which was patented June, 1886
My latest acquisition is this 1886 Premier cross frame, seeing the light again after a long time in storage.
Its 28″ wheelset appears to have been on it for a long time, but it should have 30″ wheels. Its bolt-on rear step is missing, and the chainwheel needs moving over to the left side (the bottom bracket appears to allow the chainwheel to be mounted on either side).
It lacks any chain adjustment, which suggests the first year of Premier cross frame manufacture. Its rear mudguard forms part of the frame so it’s not the first pattern of the Premier cross frame safety (whose design was similar to the patent drawing). I assume it’s the second development in Premier cross frame design. Roger Armstrong, the marque specialist, describes this design as a ‘Mudguard Frame’. I’ll add more details after I’ve researched it further.
1886 CHAINWHEEL PATENT ILLUSTRATION
1886/1887 PREMIER MILITARY MODEL
THE SHELTER HALL
PHOTO LOCATION: Concorde 2 Club, Madeira Drive, Brighton. Its building was originally the ‘Shelter Hall’ for the cliff lift –