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  Webster 5

Webster of Chesterfield - 1949

Owned by: Steve Chambers

I bought the machine after chatting to an old Gent at my local Council tip (no longer a source of cheap cycles ALL are now scrapped) who informed me of the machine he had for sale, up until then I had never heard of Websters.        
The machine was fitted with Shimano 600 Arabesque groupset - very pretty and efficient but well out of period, so that was sold to help pay for the period refit of the machine.
        Headbadge on right shows unusual use of 'nickname'
It appears Jimmy Webster was a bit of a local celebrity and eccentric in the cycling world.  His shop appears to have closed in the mid 1980's.  

It is still a point of conjecture as to how many frames he built. When his shop was cleared there were part-built frames, lugs of all types (even pre-war) and a forge with brazing equipment .

Webster 1

Frame Frame No E 21041 stamped on left hand side of seat lug; 22½" seat tube; 40¾" wheelbase; brazed construction Frame No E 21041 stamped on left hand side of seat lug. frame appears to be nickel plated,oversprayed in dark green laquer with white seat panel finished with red white blue stripes, lugs lined gold and double box lining. Lugs are unusual and I have been told may be of pre war design though post war angles?  Also the type of head lug is very unusual and few others of the type known.
Wheels 27 x1¼" Mavic rims laced 36 to Pelissier hubs
Chainset
Unknown 5-pin chromed cranks stamped France on reverse; early TA rings and 'adapteur' 47-49 teeth.
Pedals
Phillips alloy; Toeclips- Ballila chromed  
Gears Campagnolo Gran Sport
Brakes GB Sport with Arret levers
Stem/Bars GB Touring bend and Spearpoint stem
Saddle Brooks B17
Extra details Small canvas saddle bag, steel bottle cage.Ventolux alloy pump

Webster2

Three detail shots of head area showing lugs and original finish with lining
Webster 3
Webster 4