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Superb Antique Hand Crank Sewing Machine Boxed For Sale
Feast your eyes on the most-beautiful Raymond machine that I’ve ever seen – it’s just like the day it came out of the factory around 150 years ago.
But first, just a little history.
Charles Raymond was an American who, in 1861, patented a looper for chain-stitch machines.
He started producing these in New England - but shortly after he decamped to Canada where he could avoid patent litigation and also have more-favourable customs duties for the UK, which at the time he saw to be his more-lucrative market.
Initially, most Raymond machines did not carry the maker’s name. They were sold in the UK by James Weir, a parliamentarian who ran a successful sewing-machine shop in London’s Soho.
Raymond and Weir eventually fell out and Raymond then marketed his own machines throughout the world using a variety of different agents.
This one was supplied to the American Sewing Machine Company which had its headquarters in London. It was the ASMC that probably added this ornate claw-foot cast-iron base to the machine to avoid the need for clamping down or the machine wandering around as it was used.
The machine itself is absolutely superb, not a scratch on the paintwork or on the ornate gold decals. And check this out – it carries not only Raymond’s Beaver trademark but his signature across it as well.
The base of the machine has some light rubbing to one corner decal. But other than that, it is as pretty as the machine itself.
Be assured that this is totally original. It has no reproduction parts whatsoever and is totally complete, even down to the correct needle.
It has a hemming attachment fitted to the bed and the manches spins over freely without any hesitation or tight spots.
Machine measures 10 inches left to right (excluding handle), 6 inches front to back and 7 inches to the top of the frame.
We also have the original box, in equally good order, as is a brass carry handle.
Raymond machines are certainly not the rarest in the world but this comes from my 40-year-old collection and it’s the nicest one I’ve seen in all that time.
There are lots of large pictures. Please give them time to load. It will certainly be worth the wait.
This is a heavy cast-iron machine complete with wooden box,so shipping costs from the UKare a consideration. We charge only the actual fee, no extra for packing, etc, anduse FedExor similarfor speed and safety.
Shipping information – please read before offerding
Costs vary from country to country,but will be$70 to the USA and Canada;$110 to Australia;$16 within the UKand$40 to many, but not all,Western Europeancountries. Other countries, including some inEurope,may vary so please email me for a quote.
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Superb Antique Hand Crank Sewing Machine Boxed: $1,352