HHC Premier DHF

This Hillman, Herbert & Cooper is a bit newer than the other one we show pictures of. The 'pipes' on top of the head are closed. The story of the DHF model is told there.

This one carries serial number 11994, it is estimated 1882. I made a graphic drawing of HHC / Premier serial numbers, click here.

This 54 inch bike was professionally restored in 2011-2012. It is perfectly fit for riding, but retains the old look.
Last picture shows the same bike before restoration. Rear wheel was replaced and the rear hub was perfectly copied from an original example. And look what a beauty it is now!

It has some intriguing details. There are two steps to 'climb' the bike. The fixed step on the left is original, the detachable step on the right side is normally not there on bikes that are only 54 inch high. But it's clealy an original HHC step! So, was the first owner a dwarf?
Then, there are two break levers, which we have never seen before on this model. It is original, since they both carry the serial number of the bike. So, was the first owner a dwarf with a paralysed right hand??

I made a graphic drawing of HHC / Premier serial numbers, click here.

Thanks Maarten Waarlé for the pictures.
   
   
   
   from the 1885 catalogue: