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Portable lockstitch sewing machine

Portable lockstitch sewing machine
Title
Portable lockstitch sewing machine
Date 
ca. 1890
Medium 
Metal, porcelain, wool
Dimensions 
Overall: 8 1/4 x 5 3/4 x 3 3/8 in. ( 21 x 14.6 x 8.6 cm )
Description 
Portable lockstitch sewing machine; the flywheel is turned by a white porcelain handle, turning the gears that move the needle up and down, a spool holder stands vertically at the top center, the worksurface is square; the base is painted with a leaf motif around the outer edge, and is lined with green wool felt on the bottom.
Object Number 
INV.7618
Marks 
Inscription: engraved on left side of tension mechanism: "8999 / THE DORMAN / LOCKSTITCH / SEWING MACHINE / PATENT / THE / DORMAN SEWING MACHINE / AND ENGINEERING CO / NORTHAMPTON / ENGLAND"
Gallery Label 
Dorman's compact portable lockstitch sewing machine was patented in 1886 and enjoyed great popularity through the 1890s.
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group