Episode 23. Pratt.

May I introduce a new find...


Yes, this is more treasure that I probably should've left down the tip! Especially when you consider what they charged me for this thing! So what can I tell you about it? Well, in my opinion it is from the mid to late sixties, and is really quite light, and well made.


It's called a Frederick, and it was made by Frederick H. Pratt & Son, which was a small bicycle shop in Salfords, a small village on the A23 just a few miles south of Redhill, in Surrey. The shop opened for business in late 1948, and served the locality well for over fifty years before finally closing its doors, on 31 January 2003.  The company was created by Frederick Harold Pratt, under whom all the bicycles carrying his name were made. After Frederick Pratt died in 1967 the shop remained open and although no more frames were ever built, it was as if the cast had been broken on his death! However it continued to trade and was operated by his son Philip Noel Pratt until he finally closed its doors for the last time in 2003 when he retired. I would say that this was probably quite an expensive bike in its day, and almost certainly hand made! I should've left it where it was, sitting with the other scrap bikes at the tip, but as I've said before, stuff like this calls out to me. It's the details like this...




and this


The ornate lugs where the tubing of the frame joins together, and the intricate pinstriping, it's just gorgeous! This thing would've been built with love, care and attention to every little detail. I couldn't risk it going in the skip, and the guys at the tip knew it, so I handed over my hard earned, and headed off back to BelongaClint to show my Mrs Clint my newest treasure, she took one look at it and said...


She thought this was made for me! My plans for it? Well, nothing too drastic, I think a thorough cleaning, track down a couple of wheels for it (probably 700c as they're easiest to find) Then sell it to someone who will appreciate it for the thing of beauty that it is! Oh, and then wave the money in Mrs Clints face and ask her who the Pratt is now! 

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