Vintage 3 Speed English Bicycles


Nothing to do with Bicycles


This is my Grandfather’s gas alarm rattle from World War 1. It’s over a hundred years old and still works today. Made of oak and steel, it’s spun like a New year’s rattle and makes a loud “rat-a-tat-tat” sound. I used it last night to scare the trick or treaters.

The point I’m trying to make is that this simple tool was built to last and has.

I’ve plowed through thousands of dollars in the last ten years on state of the art junk (computers/cell phones/DVD players/appliances etc.) that simply break or become obsolete in a very short time.

These rattles are somewhat rare as often the troops would use them as kindling to make a cup of tea.

137576.jpgVery similar to an earlier version which is a Victorian police rattle in use before they were issued whistles.


Sturmey Archer hubs have the same longevity.


3 responses

  1. Ernie

    May not be 3 speed related, but very informative & interesting. All made to last. You made my day. Thanks poster.

    November 1, 2017 at 4:57 pm

  2. Neil Deaville

    Were commonly used at football matches until they were banned in the 1970s.

    November 8, 2017 at 8:18 am

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