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Title Indian 45-640 Military Model
Catalog Number CVHM-2004.132
Description Indian Motorcycle, Model 640, 1941 Military manufactured by the Indian Motocycle Company, Springfield, Ma. Includes accessories: saddlebags, holsters with a knife and a rifle. Included in purchase were also two Indian Company Instructional Charts which were forwarded to the museum Archives. They are currently stored in the map case in the Archives.

See purchase paperwork on file which includes model and date. Further research conducted by John E. Robison, Jan. 2009 should be reviewed for this record as he labels it a "1942". See paper file. Markings on front fender help to differentiate this bike from the other Indian military in the collection. Front fender marked "26-104 / HQ-11". pmj Sept. 2015.

Purchased from: Thomas Bresnahan, 11 Village Road, Holyoke MA 01040


There are accessories on the bike that are affixed such as the saddlebags and gear rack, and leg guards. These have not been removed and are displayed on the bike.

The following accessories which came with the motorcycle have been removed and numbered and are in storage:

2004.132 A - Springfield M-1 Rifle. Marked on the receiver is "U.S. RIFLE / CAL. 30 M1 / SPRINGFIELD / ARMORY / 1881936". Current location is Attic Gun Vault, Shelf 1-L.

The following items B-G are stored in CVHM Attic Storage Unit 12, Shelf A:

2004.132 B - Trench shovel in canvas and web sheath.

2004.132 C - Bayonet knife in wooden and metal sheath. Metal top of sheath is engraved with an image of a crown, and below this is "FKF". Only marking on blade appears to be the letter "H". This bayonet knife fits the above rifle using the bayonet stud on the barrel. Note this bayonet may not be US manufacture. Preliminary research regarding crown marking may indicate Danish manufacture for use on M-1 rifles ca. 1950s.

2004.132 D - Canteen in canvas pouch. On bottom canteen is marked "JAPAN".

2004.132 E - Cardboard box containing bandage, marked made by "Handy Pad Supply Co., Worcester MA". The pouch on the belt which holds this box has a label sewn in reading: " Don R. Knowles / 11398655"

2004.132 F - Army helmet, no markings, but still has liner and straps attached.

2004.132 G - Canvas and web equipment belt. In addition to holding the above equipment, there are 10 pouches for carrying ammunition. Eight of these pouches contain empty en-bloc clips used for loading ammo. These clips have not been individually numbered, only labeled as 2004.132.

Artist Indian Motocycle Company, Springfield, MA
Object Name Motorcycle
Date 1942
Dimensions H-5 W-3 L-8 feet
Credit line Purchased from Mr. Thomas Bresnahan
Museum Lyman and Merrie Wood Museum of Springfield History
On Exhibit Yes, Lyman and Merrie Wood Museum of Springfield History