This is an original 1920's or 1930's vintage Lauterwasser bar! These are absurdly scarce, and when they do pop up they're typically covered in rust. This one is in excellent shape, with an even patina and a decent shine.
Lauterwasser bars were the creation of cyclist John Lauterwasser in abouts the 1920's. It's a German name, and is traditionally pronounced "Lot-Ta-Vassa". John was born in London, and he pronounced it "lorda-was-suh". These bars became famous on 1930's path racers by the names of Iver Johnson and his Truss bike, the Raleigh Golden arrow, and many others. They were essentially track bikes with wide tires for racing on a dirt path
Soma Fabrication has started making a semi reproduction of these. They're great bars, but only an approximation of these. The bends aren't quite the same.
The manufacturer of these bars is completely unknown (perhaps an antique bicycle expert can identify them?). Grips appear original, though mismatched and worn (One is John Bull, one is Spandix)
Excellent or better show worthy condition! Minor patina throughout, keeping with the authentic look. There are no dents, bends, or damage. Finish overall looks very nice, and has quite the polish to it. Some very minor pitting and light corrosion.
This looks great as is, or get it re-chromed for a pristine fully restored show bike.
- Width: 41cm (c-c at end of bars)
- Drop: ~140mm
- Clamp: 25.4mm