Bicycle pump

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."
Currently not on view
Object Name
bicycle pump
Physical Description
cellulose nitrate (overall material)
metal (fittings material)
overall: 41.8 cm x 2.8 cm; 16 7/16 in x 1 1/8 in
place made
United Kingdom: England
ID Number
catalog number
accession number
Sports & Leisure
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Medicine and Science: Chemistry
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
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Visitor Comments

3/6/2014 11:13:36 AM
Patrick Robertson
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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