A Nurse with a Gun

Sunday, May 25, 2008

Rudge on ebay

Probably the neatest bicycle head badge ever designed adorns a British bicycle, the Rudge. I've often wondered whether the outstretched hand is that of a palm reader's customer, that of a policeman, or maybe that of a wheelman. There is an old Rudge three speed up for bids on ebay right now. If I saw it at a garage sale or flea market, I'd venture an offer.

Winning bid: US $164.50

Shipping: US $85.00



Blogger Turk Turon said...

I notice the label says, "Rudge-Whitworth, Ltd."

Does it use the (in)famous Whitworth hardware?

6:05 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The hand looks like the emblem of the "Orange" men in Ulster

7:48 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'd guess the label is from the Red Hand symbol for Ulster (Northern Ireland). Was Rudge built in Ulster?


2:11 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The Red Hand of Ulster's a paradox quite,
To Baronets 'tis said to belong;
If they use the left hand, they're sure to be right,
And to use the right hand would be wrong.
For the Province, a different custom applies,
And just the reverse is the rule;
If you use the right hand you'll be right, safe and wise,
If you use the left hand you're a fool.

10:31 PM  
Blogger phlegmfatale said...

Indeed, a pig would be a nice touch!

9:15 PM  

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