About those rear-facing rear fork ends -
I'm thinking that if you were to take a very slightly damp paper towel , or a very slightly damp piece of thin cloth , and rub it on the steel , hard and fast , like you were polishing the metal , and then held those flat pieces of steel up to bright light , so that you could see every tiny imperfection on the surfaces . . . You just might see the faint letters spelling out CHATER , or , CHATER LEA .
The name was quite often stamped very-very faintly .
And yes , those little nubs at the open ends , are for end-caps , which mate-up with chain tensioning bolts .
I'll send you photos of a couple of different styles of those , off list .
And congratulations ! Nice parts !
> I have some frame parts that I'd like some help IDing. Pictures can be
> found here:
> The dropouts I didn't think were anything special until I saw them on
> Craig Montgomery's '52 Viking path-racer, pictured here:
> Also any info on what the little tabs on the end were used for would be
> nice. I don't think they're part of the stamping process, chain
> tensioner maybe. The BB shell I really have no idea on. It's a
> stamped one but seems pretty nice in general. The fork crown I feel is
> a Vagner, but I can't find a pic of one just like mine. Any leads
> would be nice.
> Back to Spring cleaning in
> Santa Barbara, Calif.
> "Sine coffea nihil sum."
> --Sarah Vowell--