This 104+ year old Item is rated Very Fine. No creases. No tears. No water damage.
Iver Johnson's Arms and Cycle Works was founded by Iver Johnson himself, who immigrated from Norway to Massachusetts during the height of the American Civil War, when fire arms were in high demand. At the time, Johnson came to the country as an already seasoned gunsmith. The company later decided to expand its product line to include the production of bicycles and motorcycles. The motorcycles were advertised as ÒMechanical Perfection,Ó which included such advanced technologies as dual crankshafts, chain drive, nickel-alloy machined parts and a hand-operated three-speed gearbox. The 1915 Model 15-7 was one of the finest motorcycles of the time.
During the Great Depression, when most companies went out of business, Iver Johnson's company not only survived, but thrived as burglary and other crimes were on the rise in the country. Then, when the United States prepared to enter World War II, the company was, once again, further accelerated by firearm demands.
American Military Arms Corp (AMAC) purchased the company in 1993.
Iver Johnson firearms were used in the assassination of Presidential candidate and United States Senator Robert F. Kennedy and U.S. President William McKinley.
Iver Johnson sponsored Marshall Taylor, a bicycle-racing champion during the 1900s.
There is an Iver Johnson bicycle displayed at the Smithsonian InstitutionÕs National Museum of American History.
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