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1920's Montgomery Wards Hawthorne Flyer Bicycle

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Antique motorbike style bicycle with unique tool tank, metal clad wood rims, and New Departure hub.

1920's Montgomery Wards Hawthorne Flyer Bicycle

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This is a vintage 1920's motorbike style Montgomery Wards Hawthorne Flyer.  You can make out the Flyer name and the sweet airplane on the non- drive side of the tool tank.

On this bike there are a couple of items that don't quite fit together.  This flyer has the New Departure Model A rear coaster brake (20's), but it has a Wards Hawthorne headbadge, the M over the W without wings or the picture of Hermes.  This also has a chainguard that is not quite appropriate - the multi holed version sometimes seen on the aluminum bikes by Silver King.  The crank is also a design more common to the mid 1930's - still skiptooth, but no necessarily 1920's. 
Color - was red with white details and diamonds.  The paint is now turned brown and has lots of rust.  Quite a bit of the white has faded out, especially on the, well everywhere on the bike.  Tank is all there, and you can see the original red color on the inside.  There are the standard dents on the front of the tank from the fork truss rods. Small.

The rims are chromium (or nickel) plated metal clad wooden 28" wheels.  Almost straight but definitely usable.  No shiny finish, and probably won't be able to bring this one back as there's lots of rust on them. 
The fenders are probably not stock.  They are red and have a stepped profile, but not quite the right era.  Chainguard also was placed on the bike after, probably same time as the fenders.

Most likely built by H.P. Snyder - notice the short lugs on the crank hanger (bb).

Excellent project project bike.

Seat Tube - 19"
Top Tube - 23"

Seatpost - L bend solid post, skinny
Saddle - red colored moto styled with the fake leather cover (cloth with a coating...), in rough shape but the springs/base are ok
Stem - steel quill style stem, with about a 30d rise - not sure if stock
Handlebars - 19.5" scout styled bars - original?
Headset - threaded, rough
Crankset - rollfast style skiptooth chainring with dogleg steel 1 piece crank
Pedals - matching block styled pedals, rough and rusted
hubs - New Departure Model A coaster brake hub, rough and needs cleaning and a rebuild, front looks like a Model M but is missing the chrome
skiptooth drivetrain, rusty and needs a little bit of tlc

Serial #D95990
Reference #37387

Additional Information

Manufacturer Montgomery Ward
Color Black
Country of Origin USA
Used or New Used
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