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Anyone know about a Japanese-made Royce Union penny farthing?

Old 05-13-12, 09:42 AM
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Anyone know about a Japanese-made Royce Union penny farthing?

I picked up a penny farthing made by Royce Union in Japan on ebay, but can't find another such bike online. Anyone know anything more about it?

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The front wheel is 38", the rear is 16". All components appear to be original (with the exception of new grips) and appear to be standardized. The seller on ebay put the age about 1950-60, but didn't know anything more about it.

I appreciate any information you can provide!
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Are you sure it's a 38" wheel, and not a 28" wheel? Looks too small to be that size. I don't know anything about it sadly. Columbia made a similar mini-farthing in the 1980s, but this looks older. My best guess would be maybe late 1960s.
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Old 05-21-12, 08:54 AM
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Originally Posted by Mos6502 View Post
Are you sure it's a 38" wheel, and not a 28" wheel? Looks too small to be that size. I don't know anything about it sadly. Columbia made a similar mini-farthing in the 1980s, but this looks older. My best guess would be maybe late 1960s.

Thanks for your help. Im looking into the Columbia model. It is a 38" front wheel.
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Old 05-21-12, 08:56 AM
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You've got a nice collection going!
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Hi, so im just curious to know if you ever found anything about your peeny farthing? Im in the same situation i just pick the same exact one as you at a yard sale and cant find anything online about it. So just hoping to find any info i can
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Zombie thread, however, I seem to remember that these sell in the $75-150 range if they are in good shape.
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wrt dating -

you could check backside of brake caliper, backside of crank arms and rims for markings

should you find marking whose meaning not clear you could check here for decoding -

Date of Manufacture of Bicycle Components can be used to date a bike: component dating

not asserting a solution - simply an avenue to explore...

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another penny farthing replica -

there was also one done in Oakland, California for a short time in the early 1970's by a company called Rideable Replicas.

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