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Sewing Machine - Singer, 1898 Object Reg. No: SH 890970

Singer sewing machine, serial number 15539186. Serial number indicates made in 1898.

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 scroll work. Model No ...., Has two cotton reels possibly a double stitcher or straight sewer.
Acquisition Information:
Cultural Gifts Donation from Mr Alistair Mitchell, 1989
Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program.
Discipline: History
Dimensions: 28.00 cm (Height), 40.00 cm (Length)

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Tagged with: glovemaking, leatherworking, sewing machines, trades, working life, poor fashion, 1890 s, victoria serial number, 2214185
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: "The Singer Manufacturing Co." written in gold lettering across top. Serial No. 15539186.

No. 56 painted on.
Manufacturer: Singer Manufacturing Co, New York, New York State, United States of America, 1898
User: Simpson's Gloves Pty Ltd, Richmond North, Victoria, Australia, 1924-1988


prof. Luiz Alonso Ferreira Posted on 02 May 2010 12:58 PM
Dear Sirs,

I am director of the Sea Museum. An entity headquartered in the city of Santos, Brazil. I am owned a sewing machine very old of my grandmother. Believe that it has around one hundred years old. It has the following number: 1009225. But, I do not know if it is a singer (?). It has a mark without a clear identification . I would like very much to send a photo for identification and for knowing when it was manufactured. So, I beg your help to identified it. What is the e-mail of the the singer for send a photo? Regards. prof. Luiz Alonso Ferreira
Discovery Centre Posted on 05 May 2010 10:11 AM
Museum Victoria Comment
Hi there, Luiz. If the machine is a Singer, the serial number will correspond to the format of the numbers available at the following website, where you can work out the age of a machine from its number. Contact details of the Singer company (including an online form) are available from another section of this website: http://www.singerco.com/support/serial_numbers.html
Wayne McKail Posted on 26 May 2010 8:34 AM
Hi we are Sewing Machine collectors and have recently aquired a stand with a Ward Brothers Sewing Machine in it . The Base has Made in Australia with Bendigo Sewing Machine LTD around it . These words are actually in the casting . Is it possible that you Have any Knoweledge of this company ? We ( Judi and I ) are opening a sewing machine Display ( Museum ) in Maryborough Victoria in 3 weeks time .maryboroughflourmillgallery.com.au.Our site Is under construction but will be a trip worth while . Any information on this company woudl be much appreciated . Kindest Regards Judi and Wayne McKail
Discovery Centre Posted on 26 May 2010 3:58 PM
Museum Victoria Comment
Hi there, Wayne. There's some information about the company at the following website, and at various other parts of the web. Hope this helps: http://needlebar.org/main~nb/makers/australia/ward/index.html
Wayne Posted on 03 Aug 2010 7:18 AM
Discovery Centre . hi thanks for your information , We have found a Book which was published By Dr Y Collins and M Butcher . Its title is Bendigo at Work ; an industrial history . We Have viewed the one in the Bendigo museum . Was very informative . Thank You again
Liz Posted on 09 Aug 2010 2:49 PM
I just purchased an 1898 Singer Sewing Machine (SN 15772026). I am not sure, but it may have been modified? Other models I am finding are hand-cranked, but this has a foot pedal. I am willing to sell it. It is in need of repair and the gold paint has flaked off in areas. It came in a locking case (solid/intact). Thank you.
Liz Posted on 09 Aug 2010 3:10 PM
Hi - thought I'd give more of a description. Part of the sewing plate is broken/missing, but the mechanisms turn very easily/fine. All cords are intact (light, motor, power, and to foot pedal); the cover for the cords is missing and part of the head of the plug in for the light is broken (plugs-in had brown caps on them). I mentioned the gold was flaking or I should say worn off, but the majority is intact. The machine is connected to the bottom of the case (folds over). Maybe it wasn't modified ( I was thinking the light or motor were added, but as I am still looking I see it on other units). Very heavy. Thanks!
Discovery Centre Posted on 11 Aug 2010 12:13 PM
Museum Victoria Comment
Hi Liz, if you are interested in donating or selling this item to the museum, please click on the Ask a Question button below and then select the 'donations' link.

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