Portable lockstitch sewing machine

Object Number: 
INV.7618
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 )
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"
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.
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