Lot 66 1900 Dursley Pedersen Detachable Military Cycle

Sold for: £6,000.00

1900 Dursley Pedersen ‘Detachable’ Military Cycle

24″ Wheels

Frame No 352 size 5

Item condition: Used

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This 1900 Dursley Pedersen was built around the same time as the first ‘Military’ models. So I adapted it to illustrate a ‘Detachable’ Pedersen for my comprehensive book on the history of military bicycles.

Instead of Pedersen’s elaborate rifle clip, we’ve fitted a contemporary cavalry rifle holster to the front forks – a far simpler solution, and more practical; it allows the rifle to be pointed downward and therefore drawn for action much faster. It’s a fixed wheel bicycle without brakes. Wheels are 24inch: it’s interesting seeing a standard size frame with smaller wheels, the only example of this set up that I’ve encountered.

I did not want to damage this very early Pedersen ‘Original’ model by replacing the original front fork pivot brackets to replicate the ‘Detachable’ fast-release mechanism. The original brackets, in the photos below, are easily observed once the forks are detached. Those brackets are the only difference between a ‘Detachable’ and standard frame.

This head badge shows ‘Dursley Pedersen & Co.’ The firm was incorporated as a limited company in 1900, so the badge was subsequently changed to show ‘Dursley Pedersen & Co Ltd.’ Records indicate that 250 Pedersens were built up to the financial year ending 1st May 1900, and 2000 the following year. So I would speculate, with that production rate, this Frame No 352 was built in May 1900.

The leather straps on the holster have broken off. The rifle is not included in the sale. The 24″ wheels are not original to it – I fitted them because that’s what it had on the ‘Detachable’ version. If the buyer prefers, I can replace them with a contemporary 26″ wheel set. (Either wheelset, but not both). This is a rare early model, and is suitable for display or riding.

BICYCLE COLLECTORS CURATED ONLINE AUCTION, Xmas 2023

This Timed Auction is live from 24th December @ 2-30pm to 1st January, 2024. Highest bid wins.

NO BUYERS or SELLERS PREMIUM.

THE RESERVE IS THE START PRICE + BUY-IT-NOW OPTION.

INTERNATIONAL DELIVERY: NO PACKING FEES.

BIDDING INCREMENTS: Up to £1000 = £10. Over £1000 = £50. Over £2000 = £100

IT’S A CURATED AUCTION – Colin is the auctioneer and is available to chat to you personally during the auction (or before) by email, text message, phonecall,  Facebook Messenger or Whatsapp.

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