1890 ‘Catford’ Premier ( The ‘Holbein No 1’)

Montague Holbein was the leading road racer in the early days of the sport. British cyclists dominated, and they took the first four places in the inaugural Bordeaux-Paris road race in 1891. Holbein came second. The featured photo shows him in 1891 (this bicycle is not a Premier). His speciality was long-distance endurances races; he won 24 of them on the Great North Road and at Herne Hill Velodrome. In total he established 32 British cycling records. He often rode a Premier. (The Great North Road traditionally started at Smithfield Market in London, and was the route used by mail coaches to Edinburgh. In 1829, with the building of the new Post Office at St Martin’s-le-Grand, they switched to an alternative route, which is now the A1).

Having introdced the first successful safety bicycle in 1886 – the ‘Premier’ cross frame – Hillman Herbert & Cooper were in the forefront of cycle design and innovation. Their Premier ‘Model C’ was a ‘semi-diamond’ – with a traingulated rear end for extra support, this short-lived design in the evolution of bicycles was the bridge between cross frames and diamond frames.

The first ‘Model C’ had an open steering head. This is the second pattern, with the latest ball bearing steering head and upper and lower frame support stays. Premier had a strong export market, and they named their ‘Model C’ the ‘Holbein’ in Holland and the ‘Catford’ in the USA – Holbein raced for the Catford Cycle Club.

 

1890 Hillman Herbert & Cooper ‘CATFORD’ PREMIER

‘Model C’ Cross frame Safety aka The ‘Holbein No 1’

22″ Frame

30″ Front Wheel. 28″ Rear Wheel

 

 

 

 

AMERICAN PREMIER CATALOGUE

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

DUTCH PREMIER CATALOGUE

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

THE PREMIER MODEL C 

First Pattern, with Open Steering Head

1890 PREMIER CONVERTIBLE LADIES’ SAFETY

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1889 HILLMAN HERBERT & COOPER ‘THE PREMIER’

PREMIER MODEL F

Monty Holbein info and picture with thanks to – https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Montague_Holbein

Premier and Holbein info and pictures with thanks to Roger Armstrong, Premier marque enthusiast, Veteran Cycle Club

Dutch Premier catalogue pics with thanks to Gertjan Moed