The Rudge Crescent (automatic) is so named because of a special arrangement which has the effect of keeping the machine in a straight line without the steering being touched by the hands.
This we consider will be highly appreciated for it gives the rider full liberty of his hands when travelling on straight roads, and is especially suitable for country riding. This tricycle is steered by a handle bar, which gives a pull-back action, which we consider most essential in mounting hills, with the least possible amoutn of exertion, and, in descending hills, forms a comfortable rest for the hands.
– 1889 Rudge sales catalogue
1888 Rudge Royal Crescent Tricycle
with Patent Automatic Steering
44″ Rear wheels
28″ Front wheel
I’ve received this wonderful tricycle from my friend Andrew. I’ll update this page as its restoration progresses. You can watch Andrew explain more about it in the video…
1888 RUDGE ROYAL CRESCENT TRICYCLE: VIDEO
1889 RUDGE CATALOGUE EXTRACT