Sometimes you see bicycles that are almost untouched. This Coventry Machinists' Co. 'Swift' is an example of that. Completely original - even the torn saddle leather - with even some lining left on the original paint. The makers name is engraved at the left side of the rear hub. I did not find a serial number. It was for sale at the Beaulieu Autojumble 2015.
Cross frames by CMC are quite rare, I suppose the diamond frames sold much better. Look at the pictures and the scan of the 1891 catalogue. This wonderful cross frame is the Swift model D, one of the cheaper safeties by Swift in that year. Characteristic are the rear mudguard fixation and of course the spring to attach a lamp. Always present on early Swift / CMC safeties, but sometimes also on other (license built) bicycles.
The nice horn on the top tube must be an original accessoire.
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