According to my wife's aunt who bought the Humber new the year was 1946 (were Humber building bikes again so soon after the war?) Today whilst cleaning the old girl (bike not aunt) I noticed a date stamp on the Dynohub dated 7/49 which doesn't tie in with the 1946 date I was told. Now a couple of things spring to mind, (1.) Aunty was loosing her marbles and got the date wrong or (2.) The rear wheel has been changed a few years after she bought the bike.
I've been trawling the net and found that Humber was bought out by Raleigh in 1932, so I thought I would check Raleigh serial numbers. Sadly the Raleigh numbering system is nothing like the Humber numbers so I can rule that line of enquiries out.
The numbers I have are:-
Top of seat tube - 207789H
Bottom Bracket - 58777
Reg. No. - 6363
The Reg. No. is a number painted into the front mudguard, I did find another online here
but it gives no clue as to actual age.
I've still not finished cleaning the Humber, but I decided to take it for a spin and have to admit it is one of the most comfortable bikes I have ever been on. Sadly though it is extremely heavy and even with the 3 speed Dynohub the pace is rather sedate