History of Siegfried Bettmann & Early Triumph Bicycles

1879 Thomas McGrah ‘TRIUMPH’ Sewing Machine

 

…And Thomas McGrah, of 42, Churchstreet, Sheffield, in the county of York, Sewing Machine Maker, has given the like notice in respect of the invention of “improvements in sewing machines.” As set forth in his petition, recorded in the, said office on the 28th day of September, 1875.

Thomas McGrah was born in 1831, and died at his home in Sheffield in August, 1908. Though there is no record of his involvement in making bicycles, as you can see from the extract below, he had connections with the cycle trade – his 1880 patent was a joint venture with William Bown, who was famous for his patented cycle components.

His use of the ‘Triumph’ name predates the creation of the Triumph Cycle Co by Siegfried Bettman, though appears to have been contemporary with Warman & Laxman’s Triumph tricycle.

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1879 Thomas McGrah ‘TRIUMPH’ Sewing Machine

LENGTH: 14″

HEIGHT: 10″

WIDTH: 9″

Serial No 41519

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This Thomas McGrah cast iron table sewing machine is a rare survivor. I’ve not come across any others from this maker. It’s black with gilt details and its nameplate engraving is rather faded. It reads:

T McGRAH

PATENTEE

SHEFFIELD

TRIUMPH

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THOMAS MCGRAH

1-3 Orchard St, Sheffield

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1880 ‘ENGINEERING’ MAGAZINE: PATENT LIST

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1879 Thomas McGrah Sheffied Triumph sewing machine 70

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1879 White’s Directory details – http://www.sheffieldhistory.co.uk/forums/topic/7809-improving-sheffield/?page=2

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