Saturday, January 2, 2010
What a wonderful find Rob had and local too. She is not completely restored yet . There are still a few parts to be polished on the head. Believe it or not this machine has been stuck away in a shed for the last 30 years- well covered and protected.
We are only the third owners since new. The machine was made in 1872 and came with a range of parts including 2 little earspoons for collecting wax and even part of the original manual. I will get him to take a photo of the parts to show you all. See the brass badge of Elias Howe on the bed of the machine. The slide cover plates are brass too. She is in remarkable condition for her age.
Rob has just cleaned the wood and polished it. It has not been refinished. There is a little drawer not visible to the side and if you look carefully you can see the bobbin winder.
Look at the decals visible on the frame. All Rob has done is shellaced the frame to protect the finish.
This is the machine he has wanted to add to his collection since the beginning. Needless to say he is very pleased and proud to be the owner and protector of this wonderful machine.
Wishing you all a great productive New Year 2010
Cheers Rob and Lynne