AUTOMATON MINOR

A lighter and cheaper version of the "Patent Automatons" made by Ransomes, Sims & Jefferies in the early 20th century. In 1915 this model was being offered in 6, 8, 10, 12, 14 & 16 inch sizes at prices ranging from £2.0.0d to £5.15.0d. These are distinguished from the contemporary "Automatons" by the plainer name plate (very similar to that of the earlier New Automatons), thinner, malleable handlebars, smaller rollers and simple, rather than compound, gear drive, completely enclosed.  Chain drive was also made and was the more popular choice. Cutting cylinders were of conventional design, not double-helix like the Patent Automatons.