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made by Liege, Belgium

Postcard of Bicycle.
© National Museums Scotland


This gentleman's bicycle was made by Fabrique Nationale of Liege in Belgium. It dates from around 1918. F.N. were a Belgian arms manufacturer who also produced motorcycles.

The bicycle is shaft-driven via bevel gears. The alloy badge on the head tube is stamped 'FABRIQUE NATIONALE dARMES de GUERRE HERSTAL'. The torque arm for the back pedal rear brake is marked 'MAP', while the leather saddle is marked 'MEILLEUIE 116'. The serial number is 22247.

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Online ID: 000-180-001-135-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0504: National Museums Scotland Part 2
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  T.1988.28
Date: Around 1918
c. 1918
Material: Alloy, leather. Inscription: FABRIQUE NATIONALE dARMES de GUERRE HERSTAL; MEILLEUIE 116; 22247
Dimensions: 985 mm H x 1840 mm x 500 mm
What: Bicycle, gent's
Subject: 15. ROAD TRANSPORT, Muscle power (Departmental Classification)
Who: Fabrique Nationale, Liege, Belgium (Maker)
Where: Belgium, Liege
Event: World War I
Description: Gent's shaft drive bicycle by Fabrique Nationale of Liege, Belgium, c. 1918
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