CNC-LN013 - VINTAGE INSPIRED PENNY FARTHING LONG NECKLACE

farthing was a coin of England, Great Britain, and finally of the United Kingdom, worth one quarter of a penny, 1/960 of a pound sterling.

Such coins were first minted in England in the 13th century, and continued to be used until 31 December 1960, when they ceased to be legal tender.

These old British Penny and Farthing (quarter penny) coins had inspired the name of the Penny-Farthing bicycle.

The penny-farthing (also known as High Wheel, High Wheeler and Ordinary), the first machine to be called ‘a bicycle’, is a term used to describe a type of bicycle with a large front wheel and a much smaller rear wheel, popular after the boneshaker, until the development of the safety bicycle, in the 1880s.

An important and unfortunate attribute of the penny-farthing is that the rider sits high and nearly over the front axle.  To stop, the rider presses back on the pedals while applying a spoon-shaped brake pressing the tire. When the wheel strikes rocks and ruts, or under hard braking, the rider can be pitched forward off the bicycle head-first, called “taking a header” or simply “a header”.

Two new developments changed this situation, and led to the rise of the Safety bicycle. The first was the chain drive, originally used on tricycles, allowing a gear ratio to be chosen independent of the wheel size. The second was the pneumatic bicycle tire, allowing smaller wheels to provide a smooth ride.

Although the trend was short-lived, the penny-farthing became a symbol of the late Victorian era. Its popularity also coincided with the birth of cycling as a sport.

Read more at

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Farthing_(British_coin) 

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Penny-farthing

Coin 1:  P-E-N-N-Y!!!

Coin 2: F-A-R-T-H-I-N-G!!! 

Coin 1 & Coin 2: ~ T-R-A-N-S-F-O-R-M ~

*Poof*

Penny Farthing: We are the ‘TRANS-CYCLE’ !!! Yeah!

Have fun reading!

Till then,

Cheers & TTFN~ 😀

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