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Sewing Machine - Singer, Cylinder Arm, 1916 Object Reg. No: SH 890973

Singer cylinder arm sewing machine, Model No. 178, Serial No. G 4612106. Made at Singer factory iin Elizabeth, New Jersey, USA in 1916.

Used at Simpson's Gloves Pty Ltd, Richmond in the upstairs workroom .Cylinder arm machines were used in the handbag section or for difficult work around coat sleeves.

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.
Singer and gold scroll work on body of machine.

Serial number indicates made in Elizabeth, New Jersey, USA in 1916.
Acquisition Information:
Cultural Gifts Donation from Mr Alistair Mitchell, 1989
Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program.
Discipline: History
Dimensions: 35.00 cm (Height), 48.00 cm (Length)

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Tagged with: glovemaking, leatherworking, sewing machines, trades, working life, aw, drawing materials
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. 178, Serial No. G 4612106 (1916). Has No. 44 written in red paint on side.
Manufacturer: Singer Manufacturing Co, Elizabeth, New Jersey, United States of America, 1916
User: Simpson's Gloves Pty Ltd, Richmond North, Victoria, Australia, 1924-1988


Bernadette Posted on 31 Jul 2010 2:19 PM
This machine is a model 17 - perhaps a 17-8? Batch of 500 commissioned April 18th 1916

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