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Edward Williams (of Smethwick)

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Edward Williams of Benson Works, Foundry Lane, Smethwick, Birmingham.

Bicycle chain, wheel and crank manufacturers.

1903 Company founded

1959 Company closed

N.B. Papers deposited in the National Cycle Archive include French patent relating to free wheels, 1911. Pattern book for chain wheel designs, c. 1920s. Correspondence, cheques and three sets of Dutch advertisements for E. Williams, 1949-1959. Five rolls of manufacturing drawings, 1903-1953.

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