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Portable chain stitch sewing machine

Object Number: 
1942.245
Date: 
ca. 1883
Medium: 
Iron, sheet metal, paint
Dimensions: 
Overall: 9 1/2 x 14 1/2 x 6 in. ( 24.1 x 36.8 x 15.2 cm )
Marks: 
stamped: on sewing surface: "WILLCOX & GIBBS/SEWING MACHINE CO./NEW YORK/LONDON/PARIS" stamped: on sewing surface: "MADE IN U.S.A." stamped: on gold medallion applied to base: "WILLCOX & GIBBS SEWING MACHINE CO. NEW YORK" with WG entwined monogram
Description: 
Domestic chain stitch table-top sewing machine with rotary hand crank; stencilled gilded decoration of leaves and berries; patent information on sewing surface.
Gallery Label: 
Willcox & Gibbs Sewing Machine Co. was formed in New York during the late 1850s, and is best remembered for its highly successful domestic chain stitch machine. The earliest models were produced from the late 1850s, with production continuing until approximately 1940. Willcox & Gibbs entered the industrial market in the mid 1870s and eventually concentrated on industrial machines. They finally discontinued manufacture in 1973.
Credit Line: 
Gift of Mr. Christopher Baldwin, Jr.
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group