Like all Premiers until the late 1890s, the chainwheel is on the opposite (right) side.
1890 Youths’ Premier Safety ‘Model N’
(Hillman, Herbert & Cooper)
An 1890 Premier catalogue is proving elusive; the illustration below shows the previous year’s model, with open steering head.
HILLMAN, HERBERT & COOPER
As you can read below, Messrs Hillman Herbert and Cooper set up in business together in 1876. After their resounding success with the Kangaroo, they introduced what is now considered to be the first cross-frame safety bicycle. Named The Premier, it was patented (above) on 6th February 1886, and went on sale in the same year.
* chain adjustment succinctly summarised by Roger Armstrong, VCC marque enthusiast for Premier bicycles