A 1936 Elgin Skylark 26" ladies bicycle,
Lot 252
A 1936 Elgin Skylark 26" ladies bicycle,
US$ 10,000 - 12,000
£6,000 - 7,100
Lot Details
A 1936 Elgin Skylark 26" ladies bicycle,
Manufactured by the Westfield Manufacturing Company, Westfield, MA this Art Deco-styled bike was designed by Juan Raydolphus Morgansky (a.k.a. John Morgan) for Westfield's high end Elgin line sold by Sears Roebuck. Art deco styling became all the rage and streamlining became the dominant style. Aircraft, automotive and motorcycle styling were combined to create new flashy models. Advertised as "the most beautiful women's bike ever created" this bike featured:
• Unique three bar frame
• Streamlined art deco chain guard and skirt guards
• Unique fender, rear carrier and skirt guard pin stripping
• Patented handle bar grips
• Front and rear wheel weight balanced
• Adjustable Troxel leather saddle with leaf spring suspension
• White sidewall tires – 26" x 2.5"
• Siess electric pancake horn
• built in fender light
• gooseneck stem mounted speedometer (0-50 mph) and odometer
• spring loaded light and horn buttons
• 1.5 volt 2 D dry cell batteries in fender light
• Distinctive art deco crown tip on front fender
• Distinctive "duck billed" front and rear crowned fenders
• Diamond chain – alternating links of nickel and gun blue plating
• Alemite lub fittings at the cranks and handle bar to facilitate lubing the bike
• Streamlined carrier with Stimsonite red jeweled rear reflector
• Saddle to pedal height was adjustable from 29 - 34"
• Chrome plated handle bars and stem, rims, sprocket and cranks, saddle stem, pedals, and crank fittings
• Cadmium plated spokes, chain adjusters, McCauley pencil side stand with clip
• Aero (tear drop) pedals
• New Departure air cooled coaster brake (back pedal brake)
• Maroon with ivory accent paint scheme (only color combination available in 1936)
• Shipping weight – 88 lbs

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