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2015年6月26日 (金)

Buried Treasure (Nippon Swift Company)

次回、この記事の日本語版を投稿します。

 

Swift is a well-known bicycle name dating back to 1869 when the Swift Bicycle Company was established in Coventry, England.  Here is an advertisement for a Nippon (Japan) Swift bicycle from around 1924.Image035

 

The Nippon Swift Company (N.S.C) had a unique logo, a tripod mounted machine gun. The use of this logo probably stems from a patent awarded to the the chairman of the  parent company back in England, Charles Thomas Brock Sangster, in 1916 for the design of a tripod used on Vickers machine guns.
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Here is an actual Nippon Swift Company fender ornament.P1280386
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Another model fender ornament.
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A genuine Nippon Swift Bicycle Company guarantee medal.
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Even ladies bicycles bore a tripod mounted machine gun fender ornament as can be seen in the advertisement below.
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Last year I received an email from HS-san whose grandfather's house is a literal time capsule.  Up on the second floor were many wonderful old things that had been asleep for well over half a century, including a few bicycles.

 

The dust is indicative of how long these bicycles have been asleep.
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After wiping away the dust low and behold a genuine Nippon Swift high-grade bicycle.
Note the badge on the seat tube.
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Head tube. 
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For those of you that can read Japanese, note that the characters are read from right to left, signaling that this is most likely pre-WW2.01_2

 

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Chaincase.  Note the two tone pin-stripes.
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Amazingly still has the original frame (top tube) cover
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Fine detail right down to the fender stay badges which bears the company logo.
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Sign advertising a Swift bicycle.  Note that the fender ornament doesn't appear to be a machine gun.
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