Bicycle Racing Medals, 1904-1909

Summary

Cyclists in the late 1800s and early 1900s joined clubs to promote bicycle issues, to tour the countryside, and -- for many athletic young men -- to race. Club members proudly displayed badges and medals that recalled their racing accomplishments. Henry McWhirter, a member of San Francisco's New Century Wheelmen, wore these competition bars.

Cyclists in the late 1800s and early 1900s joined clubs to promote bicycle issues, to tour the countryside, and -- for many athletic young men -- to race. Club members proudly displayed badges and medals that recalled their racing accomplishments. Henry McWhirter, a member of San Francisco's New Century Wheelmen, wore these competition bars.

Artifact

Medal

Date Made

1904-1909

Subject Date

1904-1909

Creators

Unknown

Place of Creation

United States 

Location

Not on exhibit to the public.

Object ID

87.64.9

Credit

From the Collections of The Henry Ford.

Material

Sterling silver

Technique

Engraving (Action)

Color

Silver (Color)

Dimensions

Width: 1.5 in

Length: 7 in

Inscriptions

Engraved on 1st bar: 19 / RELAY / 04 2nd: 19 / RELAY / 04 3rd: 19 / PURSUIT / 04 4th: 19 / RENO / 04 5th: 19 / RELAY / 04 6th: 19 / 2 MILE HT / 05 7th: 19 / PURSUIT / 05 8th: 19 / PURSUIT / 05 9th: 19 / RELAY / 05 10th: 19 / PURSUIT / 05 11th: 19 / RELAY / 05 12th: 19 / PURSUIT / 05 13th: 19 / PURSUIT / 05 14th: 19 / 2 MILE HT / 06 15th: 19 / RELAY / 07 16th: 19 / RELAY / 08 17th: 19 / RELAY / 09

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