no sewing machine?
at the pictures on the right, I can almost hear you say - "funny-looking
The object is, in fact, a typewriter, together with its accompanying
patent drawing. A surprisingly large number of dedicated sewing
machine collectors are also enthusiasts in the field of typewriters.
Let's face it, the 1880s "plunger" operated model
featured here is enough to make any self - respecting collector
of mechanical antiques break out in a cold sweat!
The pioneering days of the typewriter were a little later than
those of the sewing machine, so we could say that an 1880s typewriter
is the equivalent of an 1860s sewing machine.
Many early sewing machine manufacturers branched out into other
mechanical fields, such as velocipedes (cycles) etc., a few
ventured into the typewriter market.
In the USA, the Domestic Company also manufactured "Williams"
A number of German manufacturers successfully produced clones
of both sewing machines and typewriters. Guhl & Harbeck
- who had such tremendous success with their little chain stitch
model, the "Original Express" - produced a typewriter
whose base castings closely resembled those of its best-selling
sewing machine. But today, their typewriter is a scarce item,
so we can assume it did not share parity of success.
So can we expect to stumble across the tempting item in the
photo? - very unlikely, I'm afraid - this one resides in the
British Science Museum.
So who actually made it? UK-based Frederick Nesfield Cookson,
craftsmanship on this 1880s machine.
(photo courtesy M.Adler)
patent from 1885.