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Treadle Sewing Machine - Singer, circa 1925 Object Reg. No: SH 850241

Treadle Singer sewing machine used in a mental health hospital, Victoria, Australia, circa 1925
Treadle sewing machine (31-20) on cast iron stand which consists mainly of 2 curved grillwork ends which taper slightly toward top and have markedly concave sides. Connected by H-shaped piece across centre. Large flywheel, operated by square treadle close to floor is attached to righthand stand-end. Leather fly-belt connects to operating wheel on machine. Machine is set in wooden table top which is screwed to top of stand. Has 1 small drawer under front left-hand side, (inside are 4 bobbins).Table has hinged leaves at back and on lefthand end. Small brass subsidiary cog-wheel screwed to front, right corner of table which can be tilted to connect with flybelt where it emerges through hole in table.
Acquisition Information:
Donation from Office of Psychiatric Services, 1985
Discipline: History
Dimensions: 101.00 cm (Height), 50.00 cm (Width), 98.00 cm (Length)

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Tagged with: occupational therapy, psychiatric services, recreation, sewing machines, v883659, making history - psych services, 23-4
Themes this item is part of: Psychiatric Services Collection, Medicine in Society Collection, Public Life & Institutions Collection
Primary Classification: MEDICINE & HEALTH
Secondary Classification: Mental Health - Occupational Therapy
Tertiary Classification: tools & equipment
Inscriptions: "Singer" painted in gold across back of machine; G1272478; 31-20 PATENTED U.S.A May 1, 1894; Apr 7, 1896; Feb 21, 1899"
Manufacturer: Singer Manufacturing Co., circa 1925
Place & Date Used: Victoria, Australia, circa 1925
References: card with exhibit.


Bernadette Posted on 31 Jul 2010 2:06 PM
G1272478 should be a model 31 from a batch of 10,000 May 23 1911. They are a high speed tailoring machine can be used for heavy fabric or light weight leather.
Stefani Loar Posted on 11 Sep 2012 6:01 AM
I have a old sewing machine that I found and need some information if you know anything about it. I can send a picture if needed. It resembles this sewing machine that y'all have from 1925

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