This is a 1942 Hercules BV Deluxe. It was purchased at Hansen's Cycle Shop in Chicago on March 7th 1942. I purchased the bike in March of 2004 from the remaining family of the original owner.
It has a Sturmey Archer AW rear hub with a 0 stamped in it, that probably means that the hub was made in 1940.

I think that these are Brooks Instantus brakes.
It has a Williams 3 arm crankset.

The bike also came with a Miller light set, which I will reinstall after I have overhauled waxed and polished the bike.
If you have a similar bike or a catalog showing mine, I would love to see it. You can email me at chris@fattiretrading.com

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