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, but normally it is to be found behind the lamp sping, at the front of the head. It was for sale at the Beaulieu Autojumble 2015.
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. We also have seen this model D with another front fork (like this bicycle has) and block chain.
The nice horn on the top tube must be an original accessoire.
The model D cross frame was still in the CMC/Swift catalogue in 1893, fitted with a ball head. It was the last year of production.
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