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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
Antique Photo of a Child with a Toy Sewing Machine This is a really unusual and interesting piece, and was a bit difficult to take pictures of. It is an actual photograph of a little girl with her sewing machine. What makes it so unusual is that it was made so that depending on how you hold it and move it the expression on her face changes, from eyes looking down and mouth closed to eyes looking straight out and mouth open. The photo is mounted in a cardboard mat that is marked on the backside "Made in Germany" and "Novelty Something Co." of Chicago, Illinois. From the style of the toy sewing machine and the child's hairdo I would say it dates from the 1920's or so. It's small---the mat measures about 2 1/4" by 3"---and sweet. I have never seen another like it and it will be a wonderful compliment for any collection of sewing related antiques!
Very Good . . . . . . . . $75.00
Fine . . . . . . . . $40.00
Good +. . . . . . . . $50.00 SOLD!!
Good. . . . . . .$50.00
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