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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
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.