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William Read & Sons "New Mail" skiptooth antique

Old 05-15-15, 01:43 PM
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William Read & Sons "New Mail" skiptooth antique

Posting this for a friend who deals in antiques. Any idea on age and value?

It has metal rims with holes for valve stems, so it's not likely a solid-tire model unless the wheels were updated at some point.







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Loving the "tractor" aesthetic.
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Definitely prewar, teens or 20's. The rims might be metal clad, wood rims with outer metal. Cool bike. If you don't get any info here post it over on thecabe.com they're pretty knowlagable on antique bikes.
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With all due respect, this may be one of the first "safety" bikes made and cannot be newer than 1910, which is when William Read & Sons went out of business.
With the lack of a rod or hub braking system it could well date back to the 1890's. Wm. Read & Sons were known for the high quality of their goods, so this was top-line in its day.
There appears to be the remains of a pneumatic tire on the rear rim. If a brand could be made out it would be helpful.
Bikes close to this age and condition have recently sold for around $400 on the Bay. The Bay has a worldwide audience, so if a local dealer asks that much they may have to wait for the right buyer to someday appear.

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