Bicycle pump

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Description (Brief)
A bicycle pump made of cream celluloid with metal fittings. It was made in England. A trademark etched into the barrel depicts a man in Elizabethan clothing holding a shield with the letters "R I."
Location
Currently not on view
place made
United Kingdom: England
Physical Description
cellulose nitrate (overall material)
metal (fittings material)
Measurements
overall: 41.8 cm x 2.8 cm; 16 7/16 in x 1 1/8 in
overall: 15 7/8 in x 1 in; 40.3225 cm x 2.54 cm
ID Number
2006.0098.1565
catalog number
2006.0098.1565
accession number
2006.0098
subject
Bicycling
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Medicine and Science: Chemistry
Celluloid
Sports & Leisure
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center

Comments

Re the bicycle pump (what is an English bicycle pump doing in the nation's attic?). The Elizabethan gentleman depicted is Sir Walter Raleigh of "Lost Colony " fame. The inscription "RI " stands for Raleigh Industries. During the inter-war period Raleigh was Britain's largest bicycle manufacturer.

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