23rd Annual Antique & Classic Bicycle Auction
April 12, 2014 at 9 AM (EST)
This year’s sale will be our biggest auction to date featuring The David Metz Museum Collection from Freehold N.J., the last group of items from The Pedaling History Museum in Buffalo N.Y., a small museum from Arizona plus selected editions.
We will be offering 2 boneshakers, 14 high wheels, 3 adult tricycles, 30 early pneumatic safeties including wooden framed, chainless, tandems and 14 hard tire safeties. Highlights include a Facile, Crypto, Eagle, Star, scarce C. 1840 J. Ward Pedomotive Carriage, Kangaroo, Springfield Roadster, St. Nicholas, Victor, Columbia, early Indian, Pierce, Scarce Zimmy, Elliott Hickory, Rex, Spalding, Wolff American & Punnett sociables, Singer & More. Balloon bicycles of interest include Huffy Radio Bike, Schwinn Phantoms, Bowden, Rollfast, J.C. Higgins, Roadmaster & more. Unusual bicycles include circus clown machines from the Metz museum, water bicycles, Paratrooper, ice bicycle and lots of unusual children’s bicycles.
The auction is also packed with quality collectables from both museums including hundreds of head badges, over 100 bicycle oil and carbide lamps, over 150 early bicycle catalogs, 50 steins including Mettlachs, over 70 bells, over 300 pinbacks & medals, 100’s of photographs, books, parts, accessories, and posters.
Thursday April 10, 11-5 PM – Friday April 11, 11-5 PM – Saturday April 12, 9-10 AM
Very unique and rare (possibly only one in the world) high wheel with leading and trailing dual steering. 28" wheel, wooden rims with 12" wheels. Retains tapered wooden handle bars, very unusual "band" brake, wood and metal frame. Auctioneers note: many years ago when we were dispersing the Pope Manufacturing Co. reference library I saw this machine in one of the bound volumes. I remember it as being created in a mid-west college for hearing impaired students. I copied the information and sent it to David. Very rare machine. Very good condition. David Metz Museum.
Sold Price: $42,120
C. 1885 Rudge "Kangaroo" high wheel safety, 40" chain driven front wheel. Older restoration, retains Kirkpatric style saddle with new leather and stamped "Pat. 1885", elongated coaster pegs, rear step, complete brakes, proper pedals. SN # 2159, back bone stampled "Rudge & Co Rudge Safety". Older restoration, very good condition. David Metz Museum.
Sold Price: $32,760
C. 1850 Ward Quadracycle. Very rare example attributed to J. Ward, coachmaker Leicester Square London. Also refered to a "pedomotive carriage". 42" wheels, 84" L. x 32" W. Excellent restored condition. David Metz Museum.
Sold Price: $28,080
C. 1898 Comet wooden framed female pneumatic safety, Comet Cycle Co. Toronto Canada. 20 1/2" frame, very original unrestored condition, nickel plating worn. "Lucky Tread...made in Canada for Canada Cycle and Motor Company Limited" tires. Retains wooden chain guard handlebars and rear fender, "Smith Hygienic" saddle, folding basket. Unrestored very original survivor. Good condition.
Sold Price: $23,400
Rare example of a Columbia "Two Track Tricycle", 48" rear, 22" front wheels. Pope Mfg. Co. Retains name badge. Complete rideable very good condition. David Metz Museum.
Sold Price: $21,060
C. 1884 Victor adult high wheel tricycle, this is the first American tricycle, 48" wheels. Made by the Overman Wheel Co. Boston and Chicopee Falls MA. Original cost $125.00. Needs tire rubber, missing one spoke, twin lamps. Good condition. Pedaling History Museum.
Sold Price: $19,890
Very rare C. 1896 "Zimmy" pneumatic safety, by Zimmerman Mfg. Co. Freehold NJ. Founder Arthur Augustus Zimmerman of Freehold NJ (1869 - 1936) won the first world sprint championship in 1893 and won more than 1000 races. To our knowledge this is the only Zimmy to ever appear at auction. The Copake Auction obtained the Zimmy many years ago for David Metz, he told us he had been advertising for years to find one. Good restored condition. A collection of framed Zimmerman items from the Metz Museum are included with the bicycle. David Metz Museum.
Sold Price: $15,210