Old Ned wrote:
Looks like a nice bike. Does it date from when he was building in South Wales? I think the original brand was sold off to one of the big bike 'makers' when Harry retired from the Liverpool shop and appeared on some awful 'el cheapo' bikes at some time around the late 70's (I think?). A friend had a real 'clunker' with all sorts of nasty gear on it but was very proud of it as he had heard that 'Harry Quinn' was a really good bike.
I have a feeling (but as usual could be wrong) that Harry was upset at this and so decided to get back into building again and make 'proper' Harry Quinns along with his son.
Harry Quinn was still building frames at Walton Road Liverpool in early 1980, as they built a road frame for me in January of that year on Harry's famous ouija board jig. I heard that Harry then disappeared for a while then turned up in Tenby, South Wales, later selling the Liverpool business to Ernie Clements of Falcon Cycles. So mine (frame no Q4948) was probably one of the last genuine Liverpool Harry Quinns.
Perhaps, in the interval between Harry and his son Peter building HQ frames in Tenby, Falcon or some other company built some less desirable machines bearing the name?