French Patent # 879,291 - ORK

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This is a strange and interesting device. It is a single pulley, two-speed, parallelogram derailleur. But it also appears to incorporate a chainlifting device - rather in the style of the 1897 Gradient.

A later design by the same inventor made it to market as the ORK? derailleur. I do not know if this, earlier, design ever got that far.