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Thomson and James

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1890 February. Exhibit at the 1890 Stanley Cycle Show. The 'Mohakk'.
1892. Shorland with the Crypto-geared 'front-drive' on which he won the 24-hour 'Cuca' race. From 'Bartleet's Bicycle Book' No. 23.

1888 William Gilbert James was a founder of the company

1890 Jan/Feb. The Stanley Exhibition of Cycles at the Crystal Palace. Bicycle. Illustrated.

1898 James sold his interest in the business

1899 William Gilbert James left the partnership with George Palmer Thomson and Herbert Cyril Heard, carrying on business as Cycle Manufacturers, at No. 39, Chalk Farm-road, Middlesex, under the style or firm of Thomson, James, and Heard, as from the 30th of April, 1899. George Palmer Thomson and Herbert Cyril Heard continued the business[1]

1903 Established Mohawk Cycle Co

No. 23. 36 inch 'Front Driver,' a later development of the Crypto Cycle Co No. 22.

Built by Messrs. Thompson and James, 39 Chalk Farm Road, London, N.W., about 1893, incorporating the hub with Crypto gearing which was supplied to the trade by the Crypto Cycle Co., Ltd. On a machine identical with this exhibit (except that it was fitted with Boothroyd single tube tyres, cemented to crescent rims), F. W. Shorland won the "Coca" 24 hours race at Herne Hill Track on 22nd and 23rd July, 1892, covering the record distance of 413 miles 1,615 yards. Purchased near Horsham. Weight 32.5 lbs.[2]

See Also


Sources of Information

  1. The London Gazette 9 June 1899
  2. Bartleet's Bicycle Book
  • The Engineer 1890/02/07 p107