Stassen Nonpareil ca. 1875

This early ordinary bicycle was built by J.Stassen & Co. from London. Owner says it is the Nonpareil-model from 1873, but it may be a few years younger, since this model was still built in 1877.
It has the solid forks and plain bearings that are characteristic of the first highwheels.
It is in an extremely nice condition and rests in the museum of the Old Spokes Home in Vermont USA.

Unique for these bikes was the concentric front roller brake. They were far ahead of their time in applying a front wheel brake.

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This isn't the only bike called the 'Nonpareil' (which is French for 'nothing is like this'). In the 1890's there were two American firms who made bikes with this name. These were based in St. Louis and Chicago.