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Automobile Association Cycle Patrol Leather Tool Case of C.1912

Code: AA2

Early AA Automobile Association Cycle Patrol Mans Leather Tool Case.

Founded in 1905 the first AA patrols had no uniforms and only basic pedal cycles.  They worked at weekends only, patrolling the Brighton and Portsmouth roads where their official duties were laid down as 'indicating dangers (in other words police speed traps) on the road and helping motorists who had broken down'. Uniforms were issued from 1909, by which time there were patrols all over the country, including Scotland. By 1912 there were 950 cyclist patrols. Just prior to this the new AA winged logo was launched in 1911.

The picture below is the total Cheshire patrol force in 1910.

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Note the patrol to the extreme left, his leather case can be seen just above the cycle cross bar. This particular case has two brass turnbuckles to close and the embossed AA logo. The leather and stitching remain good for their 100+ years of age, although over time it has lost all but one of it's original straps. The interior appears to be lined with oilcloth.

It measures 9.1/2" x 7" x 3" (240 x 180 x 75mm) appx. Weight 0.5 Kilo's.

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