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Osmond Cycle Co

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January 1897.
November 1902.
February 1903.
March 1903.

of 'The Tower', Tower Works, Bagot Street, and then of Sparkbrook, Birmingnham.

Motorcycles produced between 1902 and 1925, by Osmonds Ltd.

1896 The Osmond Cycle Co reconstructed. A. C. Hills is Chairman.[1]

1897 The Osmond Cycle Co reconstructed. Andrew Beattie is Chairman.[2]

1897 Advert on this page for Ladys' Bicycle from the Osmond Cycle Co.

1901 Osmonds Ltd., Bagot St, Birmingham.[3]

1902 In November, the company advertised their Slip-Not motor bicycle, and compared it with their standard Manumotive cycle. They exhibited at the Stanley show that month but gave few details on the machine's specification or engine. It would probably have been a Minerva.

1903 Osmonds Ltd was registered on 31 July, to acquire the undertaking of a company of similar title. [4]

1903 EGM. Andrew Beattie J.P. is Chairman. Company losing money and major problems. Mention of F. J. Osmond who retired in 1900. W. B. Stanley is a director. Four directors are Irish. Large number of investors from Dublin.[5][6]

Nothing further was heard of the company's motorcycle for a decade.

1906 Mention of P. R. Hammond of Osmonds.[7]

1911 Late that year the name returned at the Olympia show when the company was, by now, based at Sparkbrook. They exhibited two models with Precision engines, Bosch magnetos, either direct-belt drive or a Villiers hub gear, and Druid forks.

Once again, the make slipped from sight - until after the end of the First World War.

1923 They introduced a miniature with open frame and braced unsprung forks. It was fitted with a 104cc two-stroke Simplex engine, with chain drive to a countershaft and then belt to the rear wheel.

1924 That single-speed machine, suitable for male or female use, became the Junior, and a new, lightweight motorcycle, the Osmond Royal, was introduced. It had a 249cc two-stroke engine, Druid sprung forks and two-speed chain-cum-belt drive.

1925 Only the Royal was listed that year, after which the company left the market.

See Also


Sources of Information

  1. The London Gazette Publication date:12 June 1896 Issue:26748 Page:3466
  2. The London Gazette Publication date:28 May 1897 Issue:26857 Page:3014
  3. Birmingham Mail - Friday 18 October 1901
  4. The Stock Exchange Year Book 1908
  5. Irish Times - Monday 12 January 1903
  6. Birmingham Daily Gazette - Monday 12 January 1903
  7. Birmingham Mail - Monday 10 December 1906
  • The British Motorcycle Directory - Over 1,100 Marques from 1888 - by Roy Bacon and Ken Hallworth. Pub: The Crowood Press 2004 ISBN 1 86126 674 X
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