MAKERS: PREMIER Cycle Co

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In 1886, the innovative ‘Hillman, Herbert & Cooper’ company introduced the first successful safety bicycle. They named it ‘The Premier’.
In 1898, Edward, Prince of Wales, ordered a bicycle from Premier Cycle Co, the frame presumably built using the company’s unique helical steel tubing. The purchase was probably made on the advice of his brother Prince Arthur, Duke of Connaught, who had bought a Premier the previous year. Prince Arthur pursued a military career and at one time commanded a Cyclist Battalion (see photo). This model was accordingly named the ‘Royal Premier’.

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FOR SALE 1871 ARIEL – the first penny farthing 16 copy

1871 James Starley Ariel (Replica of the first penny farthing)

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1871 Starley Ariel 05

1873 Starley Ariel

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1884 KANGAROO Dwarf Safety Bicycle (Hillman Patent)

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1884 KANGAROO Dwarf Safety Bicycle

1884 KANGAROO Dwarf Safety Bicycle VIDEO

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1886 Premier cross frame 02

1886 Hillman, Herbert & Cooper ‘Premier’ Cross frame Safety

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HISTORY OF MILITARY BICYCLES

1886-1918 HISTORY OF MILITARY BICYCLES VIDEO

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1886 Premier Military 1 copy

1886/1887 Military Premier (Hillman, Herbert & Cooper)

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1888 HHC Premier Tandem Tricycle 68

1887 Hillman, Herbert & Cooper ‘Premier’ Tandem Tricycle

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1890 Hillman Herbert & Cooper ‘CATFORD’ PREMIER 05

1890 ‘Catford’ Premier ( The ‘Holbein No 1’)

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1890 Hillman Herbert & Cooper ‘The Premier’ Convertible

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1890 Youths’ Premier Safety (Hillman, Herbert & Cooper)

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1891 Premier ‘Model F’

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1891 The Premier Model F 05

1891 The Premier Model F (Restored)

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1894 Premier Model A93 with Helical Tubing

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1895 Premier with Helical Tubing

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1898 Premier Helical American 05

1896-1898 American Premier Helical (Bridgeport, Conn, USA)

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1896 Helical Premier 28 Frame 05

1896/1897 Helical Premier (Tall 28″ Frame)

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FOR SALE 1899-Premier-Helical-Tricycle-57

1899 Helical Premier Ladies’ Tricycle

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1900 Premier Helical 05

1901 Irish ‘Shamrock’ Premier Helical (Belfast, N. Ireland)

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1899 Premier Helical Track Racer 05

1901 Premier Helical Track Racer

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1905 Premier Hellical 05

1905 Premier No. 7 Helical

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1906 Premier Helical Truss Frame Wonder Woman

1906 Gentlemen’s Royal Premier No 3 Helical Truss Frame

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1909 Royal Premier No. 3

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1911 Royal Premier 30″ Helical Truss Frame 05 copy

1911 Royal Premier 30″ Helical Truss Frame

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1913 Ladies Premier 36

1913 Model No 2 Lady’s Special Premier

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1914 Premier ‘No 6’ Lady’s Popular

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1914 Premier 05

1914 Premier Model No 2 Lady’s Special

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1913 Singer Gents 05

1920s Singer Gent’s Grande Modele de Luxe

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Premiers & Cross-Frames

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