Dec. 21, 1895 Sporting Life
Among the interested spectators was Thomas Hunter, manager of the Hunter Arms
Company, of Fulton, N. Y., manufacturers of the celebrated L. C. Smith gun. Mr. Hunter was satisfied with the fine array of Smith guns on the grounds, and found that he was in a crowd of Smith gun cranks.
Mr. Hunter was explaining some of the good points of the new Hunter bicycle, which that company are now making, and the words that caught the boys most forcibly were: “Hunter wheels are made like the Smith guns.”
Hunter Arms adding 100 employees for Hunter Wheels production
Jan. 4, 1896 Harvey McMurchy representing Hunter Wheels at the Chicago Bicycle Show
March 21, 1896 at the Second Annual Sportsmen’s Exposition at Madison Square Garden, New York City
These pinbacks begin appearing about 1896
Jan. 1897 marketed by W. Fred. Quimby in New York City
Exhibit at the New York Cycle Show, Feb. 1897
1897 Sporting Life ad http://library.la84.org/SportsLibrary/SportingLife/1897/VOL_30_NO_01/SL3001018.pdf
March 1898 and the last mention of Hunter Wheels in Sporting Life
Outing, March 1898
The frames were Crown steel
No idea as to the source of the steel, but I suspect domestic. Crown steel barrels were offered on doubles with the first run of Pigeon Guns in 1893, No. A1 (SN 1130) in 1894, and the No. 3 about 1895.
“Crown”, however, was the brand name of the Crown and Cumberland Steel Co., Allegany County, Maryland which was established in 1872. Related to the Panic of 1893, Crown and Cumberland Steel was sold at a trustee sale in 1894, and then reorganized as Cumberland Steel and Tinplate Co. In 1900, the company became part of Crucible Steel.