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Tubeless Tyre and Capon Heaton

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April 1899. Fleuss tyres.

of Moor Street, Birmingham

1894 John Boyd Dunlop, inventor of the pneumatic tyre, left the company that carried his name and joined a rival firm, Tubeless (Fleuss) Pneumatic Tyre Company[1].

Presumably around this time Tubeless (Fleuss) Pneumatic Tyre Company formed a joint venture with Capon Heaton and Co Ltd.

1896/7 Directory: Listed under cycles. More details [2]

1896 Advert by Tubeless Pneumatic Tyre and Capon Heaton Ltd[3].

1897 Public company - shares traded on the Stock Exchange[4].

1897 Action brought against the company by the Pneumatic Tyre Co Ltd for infringement of the Clincher tyre patents which were sold by the North British Rubber Co which company manufactured the tyre; a case for infringement of the Dunlop patents and a case for infringement of the Goulding patent were withdrawn [5]. In the event the company (defendant) was successful[6]. Decision confirmed on appeal, including to the House of Lords[7].

1899 Advert: Messrs Tubeless Tyre and Capon Heaton, makers of Fleuss pneumatic tyres.

1900 National Cycle Show: displayed a solid tyre for cars, in use by several motor manufacturing firms.

1900 The company made a loss[8]

1900 Company voluntarily wound up by decision of the shareholders[9].



is there some connection with J. B. Dunlop Cycle Fittings and Engineering Co of Birmingham?


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Sources of Information

  1. National Archives [1]
  2. Peck's Trades Directory of Birmingham, 1896-97: Cycles
  3. Freeman's Journal and Daily Commercial Advertiser, 25 August 1896
  4. Glasgow Herald, 21 April 1897
  5. Glasgow Herald, 8 December 1897
  6. Liverpool Mercury, 9 December 1897
  7. The Morning Post, 13 December 1898
  8. The Dundee Courier and Argus, 25 October 1900
  9. The Sheffield & Rotherham Independent, 21 December 1900