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Portable chain stitch sewing machine

Portable chain stitch sewing machine
Portable chain stitch sewing machine
ca. 1883
Iron, sheet metal, paint
Overall: 9 1/2 x 14 1/2 x 6 in. ( 24.1 x 36.8 x 15.2 cm )
Domestic chain stitch table-top sewing machine with rotary hand crank; stencilled gilded decoration of leaves and berries; patent information on sewing surface.
Credit Line 
Gift of Mr. Christopher Baldwin, Jr.
Object Number 
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
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.
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group