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Howe Machine Co

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1885. 'Spider'. Exhibit at Glasgow Museum of Transport.

of Bridgeton, Glasgow.

Originally an American company which developed and produced sewing machines.

1860s Opened retail department in London

1872 Opened Bridgeton factory

1873 Howe Machine Co bought the Howe Sewing Machine Co.

1880s Started production of cycles

1882 Howe Sewing Machine Co. listed as a Bicycle Maker. 58 High Street, Chatham (branch). [1]

1887 Howe Machine Co closed. New Howe Machine Co established to purchase the business.

1892 Exhibited at the 1892 Stanley Cycle Show with cycles made under the supervision of the rider R. L. Philpot [2]

In 1893 Charles Sangster joined the Glasgow works of New Howe Machine Co where R. L. Philpot exercised great influence on the rising young designer.

Selwyn Edge was general manager before moving to Dunlop Pneumatic Tyre Co[3].

See Also


Sources of Information

  1. Kelly's Directory of Kent, 1882
  2. The Leeds Mercury (Leeds, England), Wednesday, November 23, 1892
  3. Biography of Selwyn Edge ODNB by David Thoms [1]
  • Cycle and Motor Cycle Trader - March 22nd 1935 and December 6th 1940
  • Howe Machine Company by David and Lin Best [2]