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Age of a Domestic Treadle Sewing Machine?

Age of a Domestic Treadle Sewing Machine - old treadle machineI am hoping someone can help me identify the age of this Domestic treadle sewing machine. I can't seem to find another one like it. It has a strange plate by the foot pad and I'm not sure, but I think the serial number is 778. Then without skipping a space it drops half a line and there are four more numbers O581. I can use all the help I can get.

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Age of a Domestic Treadle Sewing Machine
 
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February 13, 20190 found this helpful

I would contact the people at this website and send them the pictures. They are experts on old sewing machines. sewalot.com/domestic%20sewing%20machine.htm

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February 13, 20190 found this helpful

Hi,

I found a similar one, to yours, that is dated 1870. Looking at your serial number, the last four numbers are the date, which is written backwards.

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Since the last four numbers of your machine are 0581, then, read backwards, this would give you the year 1850. So I think your machine is from 1850.

Here is the link I found that has a similar machine and table:

www.etsy.com/.../1860-rare-vintage-sewing-machine...

Blessings,

Robyn

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February 16, 20190 found this helpful

I was wrong about the serial number. The number is 778058D Upon further research this machine really resembles a STANDARD but I haven't found a STANDARD with that base. But I'm getting closer. Here's some images after I cleaned it up...

 
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February 22, 20190 found this helpful

Neat item!! I love old sewing machines. Something I learned recently is that history centers and the Smithsonian often have catalogued old advertisements where you can learn about items.

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I don't know if they have a lot on this machine, but when I put the phrase "Domestic sewing" into the Smithsonain search it came up with hits:

library.si.edu/.../domestic%20sewing

Do you have a history center in your town? Pittsburgh has an awesome one. I hope to get there soon to see what they have in their archives in relation to old advertisements for a project I want to do.

If I learn more, I will post back. Meanwhile,post back what you learn from this and the other sources out there.

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