Lovely, just the type of restore I enjoy, something aged but in need of restoration ( it looks like it might clean up okay - is that your thinking ), lovely Nervex Legere Series 48 lugs, and complete.The forks are period, original, who knows, once stripped you might find the answer, 1955 looks a possible but I can't help with the russell connetion,sorry, but I will watch out for any info. Keep us up dated. Terry
Thanks Terry, that's some useful info about about the Nervex lugs. The killer on most bikes is the condition of the paintwork but fortunately the old black enamel looks in good condition. There are a few chips and scrapes but black is usually one of the most forgiving colours to touch up. The plan is to strip, clean and polish then rebuild, most of the bike is now stripped and I hope to remove the forks tonight. I'll keep updated with photo's.
The old Brooks saddle is unfortunately scrap, it looks to have reached the end of its ability to tighten and its nose has ripped off! Somewhere I have a fairly age appropriate replacement. The wheels are also in a poor condition and not original. Everything else looks to be salvageable, the Williams crank cotters popped off nicely, they usually give me no end of grief!
I'm just getting some quotes on re-plating the stem. There was a great guy just outside of Shrewsbury but he's packed up. Will probably need to be sat down when the quotes come in!