Lot 201 - Penny-Farthing

Lot 201 -   Penny-Farthing

Lot 201 - Penny-Farthing

Lot Number 201
Registration N/A
Chassis Number N/A
Engine Number N/A
Result Sold - £1,792

In 1869, Eugène Meyer, a Frenchman, invented the High-Bicycle design and fashioned the wire-spoke tension wheel.  Around 1870, English inventor James Starley, described as the father of the bicycle industry, and others, began producing bicycles based on the French boneshaker but with front wheels of increasing size, because larger front wheels, up to 1.5 m (60") in diameter, enabled higher speeds on bicycles limited to direct drive.  Although the trend was short-lived, the penny-farthing became a symbol of the late Victorian era. Its popularity also coincided with the birth of cycling as a sport.

Purchased by the vendor in approximately 1983 direct from a restorer who built the Penny Farthing faithfully reproducing the original Edwardian design. This charming machine is fitted with a sprung brown saddle with a friction brake ahead of the handlebars bringing the machine to a halt. A unique item and a great entry to the many retro bicycle festivals that are becoming increasingly popular.


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