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Early 1950s Patent document [Matted For Framing] for a Bicycle (as listed) although it had a motor... The patent application was submitted in the late 1940s. This patent is for the civilian version of the Welbike Paratrooper Motorcycle used during the war, which was different as needed for the purpose with no light, single steering column, saddle bags in stead of the tank...Thanks to a passionate enthusiast on eba y for this information.

Some history of the Corgi Motorcycle (Welbike, the military version, which was different) is from cybermotorcycle . com:

Made in England 1942-1948...

Brockhouse Engineering of Southport built the Welbike for the British armed forces to be used by air commandos and paratroopers. Powered by a 98cc Villiers Sprite two-stroke engine the scooter had 12.5 inch wheels and a folding control column, and was extremely compact, having been designed to fit inside a cylinder of only 15 inches diameter. Weighing in at a mere 70 pounds, they had a range of 90 miles and could achieve 30mph.

The Welbike gained its original name from a secret SOE establishment in Welwyn, Hertfordshire, which was also responsible for the Welsub and the Welrod pistol.

Developments of this cute but deadly little weapon are reputedly still in use by special forces to this day.

They were exported to the United States under the Corgi label from 1947 to 1954 where they were sold by a department store (possibly Sears), and were also rebadged as the Indian Papoose. At this time the Indian marque was owned by Brockhouse.

One of these diminutive machines was ridden across the American continent. They were also used by the US Air Force during the Korean War for use by maintenance personnel, and were often kept aboard aircraft for use in moving around the bases.

Corgis were also available with sidecars built by Brockhouse, KVP, Feridax and Vodac.

This wonderful reproduction of the original patent graphic is crisply printed on luxurious Ivory Parchment Paper. It includes a white acid-free matte and is ready for insertion into a standard 8" x 10" frame for hanging. Graphic area shown is 4 1/2" x 6 1/2". Also, included are the remaining pages of the Patent Document printed on 20# white bond paper to complete the Patent information for the collector.

Image included here is low-quality for quick loading on the net with SAMPLE written across, which will not be on your print. Yours will also include the date and patent number.

Makes a terrific gift for the collector or an addition to your collection!

All Patent Information has been reproduced from the USPTO documents.

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