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SW COTTON - looking for info in this frame maker

Old 08-05-11, 02:26 PM
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SW COTTON - looking for info in this frame maker

I will soon have the opportunity to purchase, along with a trove of truley lustful goodies, a frame from a maker I have never heard of.

The very limited info I have from the source of the lead says that it is Brittish, and something to do with a Harlot sculptor? sounds bizzarre

I have yet to talk to the actual owner, who was a racer in the 60s, maybe into the 70s.

Really just looking to find out what kind of info is out there as nothing comes up in google searches.

The name Ive been given is "SW Cotton"
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SW Cotton (Cotten?)

I just saw this post. I have a SW Cotton(Cotten?) Which I purchased in about 1978. I'm no expert but I remember that I was told that Cotton worked for Or was an apprentice for Bill Hurlow who was a master frame Builder. Take a look at the attached link. I will tell you that the cotton I had was identical to a Hurlow I had except that the Hurlow was a lugless construction. It was filete braised. The cotton had lugs. The geometry and other details we're identical. Cotton may have been working with hurlow at that time. I don't know. The frame I had looked like it was a mid 1970s bike. The workmanship on the Cotton was outstanding
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Thanks for the reply! This was some time ago now, I’ve since been able to gather a bit of information on the topic.

Sam Cotten was a racer in California that contracted Bill Hurlow to build him a run of frames in the mid 70s, these were spearpoint lugged frames as far as I can tell, the bike I asked about in this thread I did end up acquiring, pictures of it can be seen on the Classic Rendezvous site under WB Hurlow’s page.

In the later 70s, perhaps after apprenticing under Hurlow as you said (though I haven’t specifically heard that) he began to build his own frames for a short period of time before leaving the Bike world, I think, for acting or something in Hollywood.
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A fellow I know in Salem VA has one each Cotten and Hurlow, and claims to know Cotten.
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