I picked it up about 5 years ago at the Liberty Antiques festival in Liberty, NC ---
Not knowing much about really old machines ((My brain could only wrap around SOME of the older Singer models at that time)) I didn’t know if I should pick this up or let it go, but the size was so cute and I didn’t know if I would find another.
This little machine could have been a treadle at one time – or maybe it is missing a hand crank? I don’t know. It isn’t in great condition, but it still had charm.
Look at this badge:
16 Castle Square
And that wasn’t the only thing that I awwwed at…..look!
The Shuttle is still here! And there is still THREAD on it ?!??
Think of all the things this shuttle bobbin with thread has witnessed in the time it has sat unused. How much has happened in history ----
Blurry pic of the gears behind the balance wheel.
Very dirty and much unused underside!
The machine flips up from its footed base on hinges at the rear…..and everything does move on this machine – it’s not locked up. Gear meets gear and the needle-bar goes up and down ((Yes there is a needle there!)) as the shuttle swings back and forth within the confines of its designated arc of movement ---
Does ANYONE know anything on this lovely little piece of history? I’d sure like to know more about it. I’m assuming it’s an early “Badged” machine ---unless Mr EG Beford, ESQ was a manufacturer of sewing machines back in 1800-whatever.
For now, it resides on one of the book shelves that flank the fireplace in my living room upstairs….