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1898 CRESCENT YOUNG LAIDIES 24" RARE ANTIQUE BICYCLE


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offer US $495.00

This is an extremely rare Crescent Bicycle. It is a 24" young ladies model and it is completly functional and ridable. There is no model number on the Crescent headbadge but the bike's serial number is12300. The bike has not has been restored and remains pretty much as found. The frame retains about 60% of its original black paint and, while the exposed metal does show some surface rust, there are no rust-thru's and no dents or dings.

The original varnish is still on the matching maple rims and it is in remarkable condidtion as are the rims themselves which are straight and true to within 3/16". The tires are United States Giant #76 Chain Treads and both hold air and are in excellent condition however, for reasons I can't fathom, an earlier owner seems to have ground the raised logo off (only) the front tire. I am also including (as shown in one of the pictures), a pair of 24" new-old-stock 'York' Chain Tread tires suitable for the first class restoration this bicycle deserves

The extraordinary saddle frame is in perfect condition however the leather and caning had deteriorated completely and were removed. In fact the saddle is a valuable part of the package, it is an extremely rare model and imbossed on the underside of the steam bent ash frame are patent dates in 1892 &1893. Included is the original underlayment material as shown in one of the pictures. All of the saddle components are forged and machined with no stamped pieces. I would estimate that 'The Saddle Shop' located in Edgewater, Florida ( in my experience one of the best in the world) would restore the saddle for somewhere about $300. and it would be well worth it to have it done.

The measurement from the top of the seat tube to the ground is 27" and the over all length of the bike is 57". The pedals are rusty but in good condition with easily replaceable rubber inserts. There is a Solar Carbide fork mounted lamp that has decent cosmetics with no chips or cracks on the lenses but it needs work on the chimney section and the water tank cap is missing. There is also a terrific period bell in good working order and with decent nickel plating. Also there are perfect new -old-stock Bakalite hand grips. The mechanics on this bike are excellent and the machining of the cranks, sprockets, and direct drive hub are of a very high quality and what you would expect to see on a Crescent Bicycle. I am also including a pair of Ed Lee's gold fork transfers (not water slide decals) that are beautiful and detailed reproductions of this 1890's art which will put the finishing touch on a restoration of this rare machine.





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