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« on: November 10, 2011, 07:56:22 pm »
AGE / VALUE:   C.J. ADIE AND NEPHEW BICYCLE BELLS posted by: Chris on 8/16/2010 at 4:32:57 PM

History of and what happened to them:

C.J. ADIE Lion works started in 1890 the factory was in Warston Lane in Birmingham, England I believe it was called Lion Works. This does need to be confiirmed but the rest of this is totally accurate as the fellow who e- mailed me this information was briefly a company shareholder and family member of the founder.

Charles J. Adie was a clever entrepreneur who retired to Salcombe and who's grave can be located in the churchyard. Charles J. Adie died in 1918
The early days of the company were known for a wide range of silver plated trinkets and cutlery and the like for which Birmingham, England was so well known. The Assay mark was an Elephant.
Their line of bicycle accessories were a later and highly successful line for many years.

The Flying Scot bicycle, the manufacturer, David Rattray's in Scotland had C.J. Adie and Nephew Co. supply the cycle bells for their cycles due to their excellent and lovely chrome. These bells are highly sought after, and are stamped: The Flying Scot C.J. Adie and Nephew

The bell is a "The Flying Scot accessory" an original one.

When bikes fell from favor in the late 1960's the firm went into bathroom fittings, as fine chromium plate was long one of the company's mainstays . There were customers in Abu Dhabi then.

After Charles J. Adie dies his nephew ran the business until 1944. Nephew's son Roger ran the business from the war until the 1970's. His brother Peter, a qualified solicitor was company secretary. The business folded in 1990

The fellow who e- mailed me this information, commented that he went "round the works as a child" and everybody doffed their cap to the Managing Director who was his family member and that it was Dickensian (Charles Dickens) at that time.
End of part 1 (source one)

Part 2 (source 2)
I recieved an e- mail from the current owners and I was told the following:

The original factory, factory tooling that made the bells, their old, original stock of bells that were produced but not yet sold were all sold, liquidated. the new owners, purchased the Adie name. They had bells manufactured in Germany and they put childrens cartoon characters pictures on the bells and sales were good. This was a different product, the old and all with it, were gone just the name. The Soul is totally different and the chrome, and the sound of the bell all different.

End of part 2.

This about wraps it up. I dearly want to find pictures of the Lion Works, and other photograps. I am disappointed that I could not get this article and some photos of the bells and photos of the other products of this company I wanted all this to be put on "Classics Rendezvous" on the web

but this has not happened and there is no better place then here, on Old where this article will live and be commented upon and thus, this work will grow. Our Webmaster, Vin, has created a way to keep every post here always growing and getting better and more detailed as time passes.

In Closing, I would put the Lion Works on my to see and experience list whilst time traveling but that is not possible and apparently it is all long gone.

I do not know exactly what became of the original building if it still stands or not and I hope somebody reading this can comment, post current pictures, and if anybody worked there or has knowledge of C.J. Adie and Nephew or if you sold their products we would love to hear about it here.
The name alone, "Lion works" A thing to fight for, preserve and prevent from being sold off.

Phillips had a factory "Britannia Works" another thing
we never should have lost.

Things like this, are woven into the fabric of the British flag itself.


          RE:AGE / VALUE:   C.J. ADIE AND NEPHEW BICYCLE BELLSposted by Matthew on 8/17/2010 at 10:54:12 AM
c- 1902. Possibly the firm is active as C.J. Adie & Nephew Ltd at Pembroke House, 7 Brunswick Sq, Bristol


Matthew - a little research can be an interesting thing

          RE:AGE / VALUE:   C.J. ADIE AND NEPHEW BICYCLE BELLSposted by Keith Body on 8/24/2010 at 1:42:56 PM
 Chris and Matthew, I used to know Brunswick Square, looked on Google Earth and barely recognised it.
Pembroke House, 7 Brunswick Square BS2 8PE appears to be let as multiple offices. I think the ground floor houses a limited company registration specialist, so the name is registered there. I suspect a dormant company, but it's easy to look up latest accounts, but needs a small fee.

          RE:RE:AGE / VALUE:   C.J. ADIE AND NEPHEW BICYCLE BELLSposted by Chris on 8/26/2010 at 10:38:04 AM
 thanks Keith!

          RE:AGE / VALUE:   C.J. ADIE AND NEPHEW BICYCLE BELLSposted by s.oldham on 11/4/2011 at 7:50:57 AM
 found one of these bells at car boot its a micky mouse made in uk looks 1950s\1960s in good order with nice ring made cj a nephew any info?

          RE:AGE / VALUE:   C.J. ADIE AND NEPHEW BICYCLE BELLSposted by chris on 11/5/2011 at 9:19:23 AM
 go to c.j. adie and nephew on flickr

          RE:AGE / VALUE:   C.J. ADIE AND NEPHEW BICYCLE BELLSposted by Chris on 11/5/2011 at 9:27:58 AM
 LOOK UNDER under c.j. adie and nephew and Lion works Hockley

THE FOLLOWING PLACE IS WHERE IN THE FUTURE!! the vintage bicycle history WILL be written. On Flickr with the pictures of the factories, the workers and the innovative influential people who made it happen this is where it will be showcased for putting the history straight. The contributions of the local people will be able to add their thoughts and post rememberances, it is more stable and more mainstream it won't get bought out and cancelled. FLICKR IS JUST THE BEST PLACE TO WRITE AND DOCUMENT THE HISTORY OF VINTAGE BICYCLES.

          RE:AGE / VALUE:   C.J. ADIE AND NEPHEW BICYCLE BELLSposted by mark on 11/5/2011 at 12:37:00 PM
 ...and speaking of Adie bells [Chris or anyone] was the 2" Adie bell named by some as "ping" --it has a "bike racer" on the decorative medallion--really used on/for English bikes back in the day? ... and when were Adie bells used as opposed to Raleigh or Phillips branded? Were they aftermarket add-ons back then? thanx.

          RE:AGE / VALUE:   C.J. ADIE AND NEPHEW BICYCLE BELLSposted by Chris on 11/6/2011 at 10:07:27 AM
 They were just as common as the Lucas and Miller and all the rest of the bell makers. Adie would stamp makers and shop address and do custom stamping. Aftermarket add ons? They were respected enough to be on the bike from factory My guess is that they undercut orthers on price as well to help them be so widespread there are many out there and under all sorts of names images and patterns there were a great deal of many makers in varoius countries The Germans made a lot of bicycle bells
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