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Sewing Machine - Singer, 1915 Object Reg. No: SH 890977

Singer cylinder arm sewing machine, Model No. 17-16, Serial No. G 4099399, made in Elizabeth, New Jersey, USA in 1915.

Used at Simpson's Gloves Pty Ltd, Richmond in the upstairs workroom.

Simpson's Gloves Pty Ltd was formed in 1924 and produced leather gloves and coats, handbags, helmets and associated leather goods. The company first operated in Smith Street, and subsequently Alexandra Parade, Collingwood, relocating to Victoria Street, Richmond in 1928, where it remained until 1988.
Painted black with gold ornamentation on body.
Acquisition Information:
Cultural Gifts Donation from Mr Alistair Mitchell, 1989
Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program.
Discipline: History
Dimensions: 47.00 cm (Height), 38.00 cm (Length)

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Tagged with: glovemaking, leatherworking, sewing machines, trades, working life, 533455, c584oo4o
Themes this item is part of: Production Processes at Simpson's Gloves Factory, Simpson's Gloves Collection, Clothing & Textiles Collection, Working Life & Trades Collection, Amos Griffiths Simpson, Glove Manufacturer (1878-1953), Simpson's Gloves Pty Ltd, 1924-1988, Working Life at Simpson's Gloves Factory, Workers at Simpson's Gloves Factory
Primary Classification: MANUFACTURING & INDUSTRY
Secondary Classification: Clothing Accessories
Tertiary Classification: sewing machines
Inscriptions: Model No. 17-16, Serial No. G 4099399. No. 100 painted on in white paint.
Manufacturer: Singer Manufacturing Co, New York, New York State, United States of America, 1915
User: Simpson's Gloves Pty Ltd, Richmond North, Victoria, Australia, 1928-1988


Janice McCarthy Posted on 20 Apr 2010 7:29 AM
when did singer sewing machine factory west melbourne close? I rummaged thru their basement during reno recently and recovered some old pieces... Cheers Janice
Roxy Posted on 20 Apr 2010 11:14 AM
I have a singer sewing machine that is black and gold G4718668. What year was it made and how much is it worth????
Thankyou for your time and consideration.
Discovery Centre Posted on 20 Apr 2010 3:46 PM
Museum Victoria Comment
Hi there, Janice. We don't have any records of Singer's West Melbourne factory in our own collection. Let us know if you uncover anything of interest!
Discovery Centre Posted on 21 Apr 2010 4:15 PM
Museum Victoria Comment
Roxy, we can't offer valuations, but the age of your Singer can be determined via information available from the following website, which lists all of the "G" numbers with their respective dates: http://www.singerco.com/pdf/SINGER_G_nos.pdf
Karl Posted on 22 Feb 2011 3:05 PM

A lady next door asked me to throw out a singer sowing machine.
It still works and im guessing at this stage the model was purchased in the 1930s 1950s.

But im not sure how to findout what model it is.Is there something specific on the machine that will tell me the model?

Id hate to think this lady has thrown something away thats valuable.So if some one can help Id like to give the proceeds back to this lady.
michael Posted on 18 Mar 2015 6:34 AM
I have what looks exactly like a Singer 15 marked with The Vertex Sewing machine Company. Can anybody direct me towards any information concerning the singer 15 design perhaps being used by vertex or any information at all on the subject. Extremely grateful for any time taken to help me out.

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