Portable lockstitch sewing machine
Metal, porcelain, wool
Overall: 8 1/4 x 5 3/4 x 3 3/8 in. ( 21 x 14.6 x 8.6 cm )
Inscription: engraved on left side of tension mechanism: "8999 / THE DORMAN / LOCKSTITCH / SEWING MACHINE / PATENT / THE / DORMAN SEWING MACHINE / AND ENGINEERING CO / NORTHAMPTON / ENGLAND"
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.
Dorman's compact portable lockstitch sewing machine was patented in 1886 and enjoyed great popularity through the 1890s.
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