History of Siegfried Bettmann & Early Triumph Bicycles

1897 Victoria Triumph No 15 for Ladies

THE TRIUMPH OF VENUS

1897 Victoria Triumph No 15 for Ladies

26″ Wheels

Frame No 12873

Brown Brothers Saddle

 

Any vintage bicycle retaining its original transfers is wonderful. But a bicycle that proudly declares its name in gilt 115 years after manufacture is a real treasure. This is the earliest Triumph I’ve seen and, as you can imagine, when I found it I did not hesitate. It was for sale at Beaulieu autojumble, but still in the seller’s van and I was the first to spot it. Obviously my vintage bicycle radar was working well. I immediately reached into my pocket and paid a deposit to secure it.

The seller told me he’d bought this Triumph at a French autojumble, from a man who’d owned it for fifteen years. He had purchased a Gent’s version with it. It took me a further two years before I was able to buy that one too. This Ladies Triumph is the earliest surviving authenticated Triumph safety bicycle.

1899 TRIUMPH CATALOGUE

1897 VICTORIA TRIUMPH v 1914 ROYAL TRIUMPH 

BROWN BROTHERS No 99 LADY’S SADDLE

1899 TRIUMPH CATALOGUE

 

‘TRIUMPH …are a splendid type of American Cycles!’

(says a confused 1897 New Zealand newspaper)

1899 Triumph Catalogue with thanks to Andrew Heaps

LOCATION: Under Brighton Peir

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