LEDGERS


Ledgers exist from August 1935 to December 1967.
The photo below shows typical facing pages from Hetchin's early ledgers.





item

explanation

1.

Frame size (seat tube) in inches.

2.

O=orthodox (straight) stays; V=vibrant (curly) stays.

3.

Frame number.

4.

Date: day/month/year.

5.

C or F: unknown. T: trade?

6.

Customer sales receipt, "OUR REF.____"; see photo below.

Price

In pounds, shillings, and pence.


The ledger scan above shows an entry on the right-hand page, marked in magenta,
for which both an original-owner sales receipt and the bike itself are extant. See below.




item

explanation

3.

The frame number, 483297.

4.

Date of sale, customer took delivery; note two days delay before Hyman entered it into his ledgers above.

6.

Sales receipt refence number, matching ledger entries.

Price

Total: 20 pounds 10 shillings; customer had paid a deposit of 5 pounds on 24/8/1948; balance due: 15 pounds 10.

7.

Customer's name and address.

8.

Model: Hetchins Six Day Special.

9.

Stamp, proof tax had been paid.


Below is a scan of a second ledger, showing the page where the same frame appears again, marked in magenta.




item

explanation

1.

Frame size.

2.

O=orthodox; V=vibrant.

3.

Frame number.

6.

Customer sales receipt, "OUR REF.____".

8.

Model: Six Day S(pecial), Super S(pecial), M(assed)S(tart), etc.

10.

Wheel size, 27 or 26 inch.

11.

Same frame as on previous ledger page.

12.

A Toni Merkens model; extremely rare. Marked "sold."

13.

A Super Massed Start SHOW model; also very rare.


Below are photos of the Six Day Special bike in original, and current, condition.
Photographs courtesy of the first owner's family.


















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