1935 Hawthorne Duralium
First year 1935 for Silver King produced aluminum bicycles, in this instance badged Hawthorne for Montgomery Wards. This was a base model without a rack or electrification in 24 x 2.125″ balloon tires (on silver painted rims) that fit like a 26″ having similar wheelbase. These have been produced with raingutter fenders, deep aluminum radius fenders, and also a rare hybrid of the two.
Notable in the first year are the windowed lugs, seatpost collar, crowned forks, and solid steel truss rods.
Handlebar “bling” added for interest, but a nice reference bicycle otherwise.