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Bicycle pump

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."
Currently not on view
Object Name
bicycle pump
place made
United Kingdom: England
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
overall: 15 7/8 in x 1 in; 40.3225 cm x 2.54 cm
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Data Source
National Museum of American History
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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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