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Brooks B15 Champion Narrow - when were they produced?

Old 06-04-13, 10:57 AM
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Brooks B15 Champion Narrow - when were they produced?

I just scored a Brooks B15 Champion Narrow via fleabay on a lark. From what I understand, that model is long out of production. Anyone know when they stopped making them?
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I've seen them from the 50's through the mid-70's. How long they were in production after that, I just don't know. If you want a date for yours, post some photos; there are various chronological indicators.... Have you looked for a date code on the underside of the cantle plate? It would be a letter (A, B, or C) and two digits. Before the mid 60's there's also a patent number.
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I've seen them from the 50's through the mid-70's. How long they were in production after that, I just don't know. If you want a date for yours, post some photos; there are various chronological indicators.... Have you looked for a date code on the underside of the cantle plate? It would be a letter (A, B, or C) and two digits. Before the mid 60's there's also a patent number.
I haven't actually received it yet, so decent pics are a little ways off yet. Once I get it, I'll post some follow up info. Here's the one that came with the auction:

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The saddle came in the mail today! Needs a little TLC, but appears to be solid.

There's no visible date code or patent anywhere on any of the metal bits that I could locate, just "made in England". The only thing that appears like it could be a code of some sort, are some letters stamped on the underside of the leather of the saddle itself:
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I don't know what the ink stampings on the leather mean. There is some debate about them, which I haven't followed, beyond the fact that their meaning is unclear.

Am I right in thinking your Brooks badge is a thin piece of stamped aluminum, with the letters in low relief? Those badges were used in the late 60's. Earlier badges are a thicker, heavier metal with deeper relief. Later ones --typically early 70's-- are a completely flat piece of aluminum with the Brooks name painted on. The paint on the latter is usually worn off, leaving nothing but black.

I don't know when they made the transition from the stamped badge to the painted one. The stamped ones I've seen were on frames dated 66 and 67, while the flat ones have been on frames dated 73 and later. So I'm guessing your saddle is from before 1973. But as I say, it's a guess.
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I found a picture of the heavier ones that you're talking about, and the one that came with mine definitely appears to be the thinner stamped variety.
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