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Fine . . . . . . . $65.00
Norita TSM / Toy Sewing Machine While most toy sewing machines were made in Germany or Japan, and just a few American makers ventured into the marketplace, even fewer are from South America. The "Norita" was one of the exceptions that hailed from Argentina. The overall condition is very nice. Unusual!!
Fine . . . . . . . $45.00
KAYanEE Sew Master Sewing Machine A post WWII product from the American zone of Berlin Germany. The overall condition is super nice. Still has the original tag!!
Fine . . . . . . . $45.00 SOLD!
Smith & Egge Automatic Cast Iron TSM The overall condition is OK noting some losses and overall wear. Includes clamp. Patent info on the sew plate. A nice early machine!!
Good . . . . . . . $75.00
Baby Cast Iron TSM / Toy Sewing Machine This small cast iron antique travel or child size toy sewing machine dates from right around the turn of the century. They use to be advertised for sale in Montgomery Wards Catalogs from just before 1900. It is complete with its clamp. The sew plate is marked with the name and patent info. The overall condition is nice and it will clean to be much nicer. Very cute!!
Good + . . . . . . . $150.00 SOLD!
Smith & Egge Little Comfort Improved Cast Iron TSM / Toy Sewing Machine This small cast iron antique travel or child size toy sewing machine dates from right around the turn of the century. It is complete with its clamp. The sew plate is marked with the name and patent info. The overall condition is nice and it will clean to be nicer. A good one!!
Good + . . . . . . . $175.00 SOLD!
Casige Turquoise Blue TSM / Toy Sewing Machine w/ Sunflower Decorations This child size toy sewing machine dates from after the turn of the century. It is an unusual color and decoration scheme. Some losses to the paint, but overall nice condition. Sweet!!
Good + . . . . . . . $45.00
"Cute" Integral Clamp Sewing Machine Patented March 10 & 11 1886 This small integral clamp sewing machine dates from the 1880's. It was a short lived idea and it is thought no more than a couple - few thousand were made and sold. They are a hard to find sewing machine and not many appear on the market. There is one pictured in Vol. II of Glenda Thomas' book on sewing machines. That one is from a sewing machine museum in Texas. Carter Bays pictures one in his book on sewing machines as well. This is only the second or third one I have had or seen in 30 some years. I was able to find one old eBay result for over $1500 for a lesser condition example.
The sew plate is marked with patent info / date of March 10 & 11 1886. Those are what are known as "bad dates" being March 10 & 11 1866 were a Wednesday and Thursday and patents were only granted on Tuesdays. I could not make any patent come up just using 1886 and sewing machine. Little other info on this machine known as the "Cute" comes up using Google and its given name. The drive mechanism is very unique with a cross design on the back of the large crank wheel and not gears typically used to drive early sewing machines like this.
Minor losses to the paint, but overall very nice condition with lots of original decoration and highlights as well. Hard to find!!
Fine . . . . . . . $1250.00
Pratt Patent "Ladies Companion" Patent 1857 Sewing Machine Samuel F. Pratt of Massachusetts was granted 2 different patents in 1857 - 1858 for machines of this type. The serial # on this exceptional condition example is 110. The sew plate is stamped with just the earlier Feb 3 1857 date. Both patents are easily found on Google. In her Smithsonian-sponsored book on sewing machines Grace Cooper has a section on the historical significance of this machine and its inventor Samuel F. Pratt of Massachusetts.
It has been suggested that this machine was only marketed for a couple of years, and there are just a handful known, including one in the Ford Museum in Dearborn, Michigan. Most sewing machine collectors have never seen one much less had an opportunity to purchase one.
This rare antique sewing machine is in exceptional all-original condition with no breaks, cracks or condition issues. It stands approx. 28" tall, and the table is 12" square. The original green finish is well over 90% and the gold highlights are super. It still has its original leather drive belt, and the operation is flawless.
An opportunity to own one of the rarest of all American Patented Sewing Machines, a piece of American history and true Americana that may well never be available again. Rare and Nice!!
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Good + . . . . . . . $19,500.00
Hancock Patent TSM / Toy Sewing Machine Sewing machines based on the Henry J. Hancock patents from the 1860's are well known, highly regarded, and turn up from time to time. They are considered pretty rare, and rightfully so. There are several different styles or variants that are typically seen. Do a Google image search for "Hancock Patent Sewing Machine" and you will see many of the ones I have had and sold over the years. Some are marked with one patent date, I have had them with three dates, and some, like this one, with no markings at all. You can read their descriptions on our archive site www.Antiqbuyer.com.
This version is unique. This machine's design, with a large decorated cast iron mounting plate, is a feature that has never been seen before. I have had Hancock sewing machines with the same style head, but the spool pin was mounted differently on each, one with a patented folding design. The condition of this rare and unique machine is like new, with 98% of the original paint and decoration. It has its original hooked needle. There are no apologies.
A bit of history. This rare machine first turned up on eBay about 15 years ago. This variant had never been seen before that. Usually when something odd and unusual turns up on eBay and brings good money several more appear shortly afterward, with sellers trying to cash in at that elevated price that the first one bought. Generally that works for the first one or two, and then prices drop as the demand fades. That did not happen after this machine brought over 3K on eBay. No other examples appeared right after or since. A rare machine in exceptional condition! Opportunity!
Good + . . . . . . . $4750.00
William O. Grover 1863 Patent Model Sewing Machine The patent for this early sewing machine was granted on January 27th 1863. The patent number is 37502. It comes up with a Google search. Looking at a copy of the patent we see that Baker was a witness. Grover & Baker were a partnership famous for their line of "portable" sewing machines which they first started producing in the 1850's. Those are considered the first real portable sewing machine. This looks to be a sewing machine pulled off the assembly line with a modification or improvement over the prior design. In essence what Grover did here was simplify the earlier design removing a second drive arm from below the table in order to simplify the mechanism and make it less likely to get out of adjustment. In the write-up he mentions Wheeler & Wilson having a patent for a one arm drive machine, but then differentiates his as needing fewer parts and thus being a better idea. Looks like the Patent Office agreed. It was the design used for most of their machines before dropping out of the competition sometime in the 1870's. It is a fine condition example and appears to be complete!!
Fine . . . . . . . $3300.00
Foley & Williams Midget Toy Sewing Machine / TSM in Unusual Copper Flash Finish This is a rare variation of a hard to find small antique toy sewing machine. The condition is excellent and it is in the original box. The one apology is the missing spool pin which is an easy fix. The copper flash finish this machine is finished in is original and a rare variant. It dates from right around the turn of the century give or take a few years.
To put the finish of this machine into some perspective, 95% or so of these machines are found decorated with the typical vine and berry decals one usually sees. A quick look at ebay past results shows a 1/2 dozen or more all in that finish. A few more are found with a much harder to find Cali Lily type decal finish. One of those machines can be seen in the past sale archives of TSM machines we have sold on our sister website www.AntiqBuyer.com. I have only seen a couple machines in that Cali Lily finish and probably 100 or more of the standard vine & berry decoration. This is the only example with this copper flash finish I have ever seen or had. Different and nice!!
Fine . . . . . . . $450.00
Grain Toy Sewing Machine / TSM in Unusual Consul / Console Cabinet This is a rare variation of a small antique English made cast iron toy sewing machine. The condition is excellent and it is all original. While typical Grain TSM's are pretty common, only a handful of this variation in the consul or console table with extension side table tops have ever turned up. It is one we have never had before nor have we seen one in some of the major collections we have viewed.
Different, RARE, and very nice!!
Fine . . . . . . . $1495.00
American Girl Toy Sewing Machine / TSM in Mission Oak Style Treadle Stand This style TSM with treadle base dates from the correct period, being the 1920s or so. The base can also be found with Stitchwell machine or the many other names that machine can be found with. It is in very nice overall condition.
Fine . . . . . . . $695.00
PUPPY Japanese Toy Sewing Machine / TSM in Wooden Box w/ Lid This TSM is in very nice looking overall condition. The apology is the hook below the sew plate is missing. The paint and decorations are fantastic, and this will be a great display piece.
Fine . . . . . . . $125.00
Debutante by Stitch Mistress Genero Toy Sewing Machine / TSM in Tall Case This TSM is in very nice looking overall condition. It is a machine I have never had or seen before, and given how long I have been at this that does say something. In addition there is no Google info on it, and it does not appear in either of Glenda Thomas' books on toy sewing machines. Those facts do say something as to the rarity of this machine. It is kind of big and clunky, but at the same time cute. An unusual feature is that it has a shuttle just like a real machine. The drive is by a rubber O ring, and while it is present, I could not seem to get this to sew. Everything moves as it should, and I believe it is all there, but the O ring seems to slip.
Fine . . . . . . . $195.00
Toy and Miniature Sewing Machines Vol. 1 An Identification and Value Guide by Glenda Thomas, Collector Books, Volume I 1995, softcover, 253 pages with illustrations. Long out of print. The must have book for toy sewing machine collectors.
Fine . . . . . . . . $40.00
Good +. . . . . . . . $50.00 SOLD!
Good. . . . . . .$50.00
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