Take a close look too at the "European" in the Claud Butler '59 catalogue -
just another road to go down -
could end up the bike is cross-pollinated!!
"In July 1956 president Nasser nationalised the Suez canal, hitting fuel supplies to UK and British industry. Claud Butler, already in financial straits, succumbed in Oct 1956. Petrol rationing was introduced in Jan 1957 and by the time it was lifted, 14 May 1957, much of British industry, including Holdsworth, was (and remained) on a 4 day week. Adam Hill's deal to buy the Claud Butler and Saxon marques fell through. In July 1958 the Holdsworth Co Ltd, Lullington Rd, Anerly, London SE20 bought three registered Claud Butler trade marks.(Colin Matthews):
No. 654268 'CB and link design Headbadge'
No. 579689 'CB monogram and device'
No. 612055 'Claud Butler signature'
This was a very good move. The Claud Butler brand was highly respected, sales increased dramatically. The factory now on a full working week struggled to keep pace with demand. Initially, a Holdsworth model and its CB equivalent were virtually identical."
history of Holdsworth Bikes
I guess this goes some way to explaining the confusion on the part of seller and buyer
But I still don't know where Dawes comes into the picture.
The seller is in Oxford but the bike is in Maidenhead, so maybe the seller couldnt quite remember the brand and took a guess
I went with it, as you can all see, I don't know one end of a British bike from the other