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Early Sewing Machine, J. G. Folsom, Maker, Winchendon, Mass, Probably, The Globe For Sale
We continue offering items from a consignment that have been in a Southwestern New Hampshire family for years, as we have now discovered, back into the first half of the 19th century. My consignor explains; "To the best of my knowledge my family were primarily farmers in Dublin, NH. There were several generations living on the farms at the same time. Farm income was supplemented by various means. Hiriam Carey was the Dublin carriage driver for Mark Twain and my Grandmother was a seamstress who also made costumes for the likes of Amelia Earhart and Joseph Linden Smith during their stays in Dublin. Though there may not have been a lot of money to purchase luxuries' or non essential items sometimes the family was given small things for either payment or in appreciation. My mother and grandmother were founders of a local button club and since my grandmother was a seamstress who made costumes for the Dublin Art Colony plays many of their special collected buttons were remnants of other peoples' purchases."
Here we have an early sewing machine with a nameplate that reads, J. G. Folsom, Maker, Winchendon, Mass. Also on the same plate is, Patented, April 28, 1863, March 1, 1864, May 17, 1864.
"Globe sewing machine. J. G. Folsom received two design patents in 1864, one on March 1 for a spool holder and one on May 17 for the basic style of the machine. Also in the same year, he was awarded a mechanical patent for an adjustment in the lower looper that would accommodate a change in needle size. Using these patents, he manufactured a single-thread, chainstitch machine, the Globe. Folsom also exhibited his machines at the Tenth Exhibition of the Massachusetts Charitable Mechanics Association in 1865. The Globe attracted particular attention and was awarded a silver medal."
Machine is 10" long, nearly 14" if wooden crank handle is included, 6 3/8" wide at base and 8 3/4" at top of front final. Oil can, 4 needles in early oilcloth case and other accessories pictured were found with the machine in a great handmade painted cloth lined wooden box which we have decided to sell(SEE OUR OTHER LISTING)separately.
This machine is in good condition. There are evenly scattered spots of missing paint, a couple of which are approx. 1/4" across, the majority are a fraction of that size. The decorative paint is nearly perfect. There is light tarnish on the unpainted parts and the upper finial on the top of the front mechanism leans slightly to the rear. Mechanically sound in working condition.
always , I offer this item with and a low minimum offer, satisfaction absolutely guaranteed! Buyer pays $24.46 Parcel Post/$32.66 Priority Mail for shipping to the West Coast, zones east that should cost less. Please wait for my invoice.
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Early Sewing Machine, J. G. Folsom, Maker, Winchendon, Mass, Probably, The Globe: $1,136