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Sewing Machine - Pique Machine, Model 46K, Singer, 1917 Object Reg. No: SH 890979

Pique machine used in glove manufacture. Made by Singer, Clydebank, Scotland in 1917. Identified as a model 46K, although not labelled as such, used to sew fingers in gloves.

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.
Acquisition Information:
Cultural Gifts Donation from Mr Alistair Mitchell, 1989
Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program.
Discipline: History
Dimensions: 27.00 cm (Height), 16.00 cm (Width), 30.00 cm (Length)

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Tagged with: glovemaking, leatherworking, sewing machines, trades, working life
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. not found, Serial No. F7572827. "74" scratched into base plate, "101" painted on in white paint.
Manufacturer: Singer Manufacturing Company, Clydebank, West Dumbartonshire, Scotland, Great Britain, 1917
User: Simpson's Gloves Pty Ltd, Richmond North, Victoria, Australia, 1924-1988
References: Identification of model by Laura MacCalman, email from West Dunbartonshire Council collection, 19 Nov 2012.


Laura MacCalman Posted on 19 Nov 2012 9:58 PM
This is a Model 46K based on the serial number. based on the size I think it likely to be a 46K1 used to sew finger in adult gloves. I am Curator of Science & Technology for West Dunbartonshire Council who hold an extensive collection of sewing machines donated by Singer on the closure of their Clydebank factory in 1980. we have two of these machines in our collection.

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