1895 Gormully & Jeffery ‘Model D’ Ladies Rambler
This delightful Ladies Rambler is in excellent original condition …just think, this is a 116-year-old vehicle, and it still has its original paint and is totally usable.
Identifying and dating unknown bicycles can be extremely difficult. So when I find a 115-year-old machine that’s not only complete, but also displaying such an abundance of information …it’s love at first sight 🙂
The last patent date – in this case, 1894 – is the year the model was manufactured. That can be the actual year, or the year prior to, its catalogue appearance. I have an 1893 Gormully & Jeffery catalogue, which illustrates a Model A and Model B. So it’s likely that this Model D is from 1894. But I’ve not found an 1894 catalogue yet to confirm.
Who wouldn’t want to ride and own so beautiful a wheel as the Rambler Bicycle?
– Just so, and when you ride a Rambler you feel that no amount of money could have bought a better wheel.
People of good taste know that.
The string skirt-guard not only forms part of the chaincase (above) but also substitutes for rear mudguard stays (below).
The tyres are 28 x 1 1/2 pneumatic single tube type: the inner tube is built into the tyre, and they are glued onto the rim.
Like their bicycles, Gormully & Jefferey pneumatic tyres were heavily promoted at the time. They make amusing reading now. I particularly like the byline in the G&J tyre advert below, from ‘Bicycling for Girls’ –
‘I am recommending the bicycle indiscriminately as a general mode of exercise, particularly to the weak, nervous, and poorly nourished of either sex.’
1895 LADIES RAMBLER & 1894 MEN’S RAMBLER
Canoodling by Falmer village pond…