The absence of the Reynolds stickers is something that I noticed when I bought the bike, but an aspect that I had long since forgotten about as the bike has been in one of my stores, somewhat unloved - it's far too big for me - for about three years.
I bought the bike from the original owner, M Deflaceliere, who had negotiated its design and building with M Andre back in the late 70s. I understand that M Andre was getting on it years and worked in a tiny atelier just about big enough to swing a frame around. I have no doubt that somewhere, in a miniscule metal box, or perhaps even hidden inside an empty Gaulloise cigarette packet placed on a creaky wooden shelf, there would be a stash of Reynolds decals...but M Andre had forgotten about them.
The bike was ordered for what must have been the tour of a lifetime..to fulfill the buyer's dream; once the dream had been realised the bike was consigned to a dry store for the next thirty or so years.
I have just regained contact with M Deflaceliere and intend to try to pump him for any information that he might have on this ' constructeur' Rene Andre as it would appear that he is one of the very few people I have come across who have met him face to face in the workshop. I also hope that he still has the luggage and panniers for which Andre designed and built those low-riders
To answer another question about why a resident of St Quentin would travel to Paris to have a frame built when there would be builders in the St Quentin-Lille area is that M Deflaceliere actually lived in *St Ouen*, a suburb of Paris. Those tricky little identity tags bolted onto brake nuts are quite difficult to read particularly when the guy wielding the camera has shaking hands! Sorry...