Dec. 21, 1895 Sporting Life
Mr. Thomas Hunter, of Fulton N. Y., manager of the Hunter Arms Company, manufacturers of the celebrated L. C. Smith gun, was visiting the trade in Philadelphia on Friday and Saturday of last week. Mr. Hunter reported very encouraging prospects for next year's gun trade, and said that the Smith gun was growing in popularity every day. Their new bicycle is NOW ready for the market and the Hunters have shown good sense in class¬ing it, with their gun. The motto for their wheel is: “Made like the Smith gun.”
This will acquaint gunners with their wheel and wheelmen with their guns. The Hunter Arms Company is one of the most flourishing and progressive manufactories in this country - and their new wheel, like their guns, will become the pride of all who use them.
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.”
Jan. 4, 1896 Harvey McMurchy representing Hunter Wheels at the Chicago Bicycle Show
Bicycle manufacturers exhibiting
March 7, 1896 at the Second Annual Sportsmen’s Exposition at Madison Square Garden, New York City
March 28, 1896 Hunter Arms adding 100 employees for Hunter Wheels production
Probably a bit later
Nov. 28, 1896
Jan. 30, 1897 marketed by W. Fred. Quimby in New York City
Exhibit at the New York Cycle Show, Feb. 1897
HUNTER ARMS CO. in Parlor A. of Grand Union Hotel, held open house all during the exhibition. They showed three models of the Hunter and a new style of tandem, the rear axle of which carries 2 wheels about one inch apart with sprocket and chain working between, putting all pressure directly in centre of axle. The exhibit was in the charge of Mr. Fred Quimby, agent for New York, and Mr. John Hunter representing the company.
June 5, 1897 Sporting Life
June 26, 1897 Sporting Life "The Hunter Sweeps The Deck" -
September 25 1897 Sporting Life ad
1897 Price List
March 12, 1898 and the last mention of Hunter Wheels in Sporting Life
Outing, March 1898
HUNTER ARMS COMPANY.
The Hunter Arms Company, of Fulton, N. Y., are now manufacturing two regular styles of bicycles, the Hunter, at $75, and the Fulton, at $50, there being three models of each, viz.: one for men, one for women and another for racing. The gentlemen's Hunter, model A, is equipped with a new split-crank, with the balls outside of the chain line, and has a graceful oval fork-crown made of 1 1/8 inch tubing. The drop at the crank-hanger is 2 1/8 inches, and three heights of frame are offered. The Hunter B is the ladies' model, corresponding in general specifications to model A, while model C is the racer. The latter is finished in Hunter green, and has a three-inch drop at the crank-hanger with 6 1/2 inch cranks. The Fulton models A and B are regularly finished in black and maroon, and retain the double fork-crown so well known during the past year. Fulton model C is the 1897 Hunter racer, with some slight changes to bring it strictly down to date.
1897 Fred Chrisman fork-crown patent
The frames were "Crown" steel. No idea as to the source of the steel, but likely domestic.
Crown steel barrels were offered on doubles with the first run of Pigeon Guns in 1893, No. A 1 (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.