On Saturday April 22, 2017 Copake Auction Inc. conducted their 26th Annual Antique & Classic Bicycle Auction. The auction featured the Bob Trimble collection (Massachusetts) and part II of the Jim Carpenter collection (New Jersey). Coinciding with the Saturday auction was the annual swap meet and 10 mile ride on Friday April 21. Seth Fallon commented, “We had 721 unique registered bidders and sold 696 lots at approximately 120 lots per hour. There was a full crowd in the gallery as well as heavy phone and internet participation.”
Bob Trimble (1932-2016) was the founder of Everybody’s Bicycle and Hobby Shop where he sold and serviced many items throughout his 50-year career: bicycles, models, slot cars, RC cars, mopeds, BMX bicycles. Bob was the captain of the Massachusetts Chapter of American Wheelman and could be seen riding his penny farthing high wheel bicycle in the Gimbels Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York City, as well as many other local parades closer to home. He was considered a friend to many libraries, where he would display his acclaimed mobile antique bicycle museum to raise funds for children’s literacy programs.
Highlights sold from the Bob Trimble collection include: A C. 1919 Smith “Flyer” Buckboard automobile reported to be a Guinness Book Of World Records holder having a plaque on it reading “gift of Mr. Frank Gregory, Brocton Mass.” ($5,557.50). A land speed record bicycle ridden by John Howard. Published in the Guiness Book of World Records 1989 edition. Speed record set at 152.284 MPH on July 20th 1985 ($11,700). A Rare C. 1870 velocipede with name badge “Morse & Morton, Fairhaven Mass., patent applied for” having an unusual rear lever pedal drive ($21,060). A C. 1900 water bicycle with sign “PT Barnum’s Water Bicycle” ($1,638). And a C. 1870’s child’s boneshaker ($7,020).
Highlights from the Jim Carpenter collection include: A C. 1890’s Krypto (London) high wheel ordinary bicycle ($11,700). A C. 1899 English “The Quadrant Tricycle” (Quadrant Tricycle Company Birmingham) Model 14 ($9,360). A C. 1880’s Gormully & Jefferey high wheel safety (ordinary) bicycle restored by Tom Greene ($11,700). A C. 1890’s Lozier & Yost “The Giant No. 4” hard tire safety ($14,040). A Rare C. 1898 Rex pneumatic safety, Rex Cycle Co. Chicago Ill, patent by Bohn C. Hicks in 1896 ($11,700). And a scarce bicycle patent model mae of brass and wood ($8,775).
Other items of interest sold in the auction include: A pewter top figural high wheel rider stein ($1,521). A rare C. 1887 “The King” 48″ high wheel bicycle ($14,625). A C. 1899 racing triplet bicycle sold to a buyer in Western Australia ($10,238). An early Columbia Chainless bicycle poster ($5,265). A Napoleon men’s bicycle in original orange paint ($3,802.50). And a C. 1938 Schwinn Paramount bicycle ($2,574).
This annual event continues to see visitors from around the globe for both the auction as well as the swap meet, 10 mile ride through Columbia County and annual guest presentations from leading experts in the cycling and collecting hobby. Mike Fallon commented, “We were honored to know Bob Trimble. We displayed his riding top hat along with his photo and obituary center stage during the weekend’s events.”
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