Collector's Weekly, I've been amazed at the new horizons that have been opened for me. In addition to finding the vast majority of my featured Weekend Collector websites and blogs, I've also learned quite a bit about a variety of categories of antiques and collectibles. A naturally curious sort, occasionally my incuriosity strikes me as odd. And now that my eyes have been opened, I'm finding myself, as Alice said, 'curiouser and curiouser'. (Although she didn't mean it that way!) So, today's orphan item, is a perfect example. Bruce and I purchased this antique Singer sewing machine literally off the street. It was sitting curbside near my (then) office in East Aurora, NY back in 1992. It had a for sale sign on it, so we stopped to see how much it was. I believe we paid $100 for it then, which was quite a sum for us. So, by my count, we've had the sewing machine just a little shy of 20 years, and yet, I didn't really know a thing about it until last week. Frankly, I leave the cover on it all the time, and so I really hadn't taken the time to even look at it properly. But, as usual, Collector's Weekly had some interesting sewing machine postings and information, and I started to do a little cursory investigation. I was impressed to discover that the Singer Co, which has been making sewing machines for over 160 years, has a wonderful tool on their corporate website, with all of the serial numbers listed with year of production. This little tool, plus a bit of Googling, helped me FINALLY identify my Singer as being manufactured in 1891. Honestly, I had no idea it was that old. I figured it was about the same vintage as my other ancient sewing machine- my Mom's old Wheeler Rotary from the late 1930s. (Obviously, I'm not a seamstress!) I mean, they were both black, same general shape, with some curlycues on the body! (Shame is turning my face red!)
Sew, here it is, in all its glory, beautiful, if a bit dusty and worn. Now stop needling me!
|It's a five drawer treadle machine.|
|Close-up, showing serial number|
|Close-up of foot plate, showing patent numbers.|
|Shown with cover. Notice the Singer puzzle attachment case.|
|Here's a layout I did featuring my Mom's vintage Wheeler Rotary sewing machine, which is also in my possession. It's obvious these were decades apart in manufacture! (Next time I'll be more observant!)|