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1897 National Sewing Machine Co of Belvidere, IL (Belvidere and Eldredge brands)
Item# CatAntqBike-N-098n [CatAntqBike-N-098n]
Categories: Catalogs-Antique, Bicycle Mfgrs.,
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A 16 page catalogue published by The National Sewing Machine Company of Belvidere, Illinois, maker of sewing machines & Eldredge & Belvidere brand bicycles. The illustrations and descriptions are good. The condition is fair-good, the dimensions are 8 1/16 x 7 15/16 inches. See the picture gallery. They state that they produce 500 sewing machines per day plus 200 bicycles per day. I must say that their bicycles are very attractive in appearance; more so than most other makers.

Picture Gallery for this Item (click images to enlarge)

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Page-1, the company logo


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An image of the factory


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The Introduction Page


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Page-4, illustrating the Eldredge brand Model K gents bike & Eldredge brand tandem Model H. They also produced a Model I tandem which was a combination frame (ladies front).


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Page-5, describing the bicycles on page-4.


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Page-6, illustrating two Eldredge model bicycles; Model L Gents & Model L Ladies


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Page-7, describing the bicycles on page-6


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Page-8, illustrating two Eldredge model bicycles; the Special Racer & the Road Racer Model G


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Page-9, describing the bicycles on page-8.


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Page-10, illustrating two Belvidere brand bicycles; Model C for Gents and Model A for Ladies. They also offered Model B for Gents (the same component specs as Model A)


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Page-11, describing the bicycles on page-10


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Page-12, the General Description page which shows a nice selection of handlebars & stems for the 1897 line of bikes. The text mentions that this catalog is for the 1897 model year.


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Page-13, a continuation of the General Description mentioning bearings, chain & cranks. This page contains wonderful illustrations of the forks & hubs.


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Page-14 is a continuation of the General Description. The text mentions; frames, finish, gear, mudguards, chain guards, handlebars, hubs & pedals. Illustrated are three different models of pedals which they claim to produce by themselves.


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Page-15, a continuation of the General Description. Mentioned are; rims, saddles, sprockets, tires, 28 inch wheels & accessories. Two different crank hanger illustrations are shown, styles C & L.


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The company's Guarantee


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The outside back cover.

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