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My Matchless has the WD crows foot symbol on the tyres.

 

How long was this symbol used?

 

It was obviously used 1939 - 45, but how long after?

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My Matchless bike has the WD crows foot on the tyres.

 

How long was this symbol used?

 

I know it was used during the war, but how long after?

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The Broad Arrow was used by Henry VIII armourers & is still in use today..

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Didn't we gain a Ministry of Defence in place of a War Department some time in the early 1960s ? Presumably it sounded a bit more acceptable to Harold Wilson and his cronies. Well, he would never have considered going to war with his communist comrades behind the iron curtain, would he ?

 

I have a pair of 11/1939 WD marked tyres so they go back at least that far.

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I can remember some of school books being marked W.D (no key for the arrow mark ) in the late sixties early seventies ...... until it changed to S.O (Stationary Office)

 

Ashley

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I recently sold a M20 with a tyre dated 1939 and WD stamped, cannot remember the latest date of stamped tyres I've seen, but think it may be in the 60's. Have seen Champion spark plugs issued in the 70's, stamped W /l\ D.

 

Richard

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Inside of my war grade dunlop bicycle tyre.

Presuming this is a actual War Department marking.

 

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My tyres have the arrow and the WD but no date is obvious. Not sure if I will keep them or get some new ones. I imagine they are going to be 60/70s I am sure the WD was replaced after that.

Some one out there must be able to confirm - thanks for thr replies

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The WD was replaced by the MOD in 1964. It would seem strange if anything was produced after that date with the WD symbol.

 

If you're intending to ride then new tyres would be a good idea. Not only have rubber compounds improved, but even tyres stored in good conditions slowly harden.

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