My mother was born in 1912. She told me, through the years, that this little sewing machine belonged to her mother (my grandmother), who had used it carefully and treasured it since her childhood, and kept it in its original box. My grandmother gave it to my mother, who never used it; just treasured it as a gift from my grandmother. Since my grandmother left Europe in 1899, I believe I am correct in listing it as an antique. I showed it to a friend/appraiser for a non-formal opinion, and he said late 1800s is probably correct. It is quite beautifully decorated with birds, flowers vines and leaves. My mother did not sew; neither do I, so please understand that even with a bit of research the terms may be incorrect. When the box is opened, there is some tulle-like material and a metal device. The tulle still has several needles and thread with it. I've left everything exactly as it was.
Country of Origin: Germany.
Size: Base 6 inches wide and 3 3/4 inches deep; height 6 3/4 inches to top of spool apparatus.
Signed/Numbered: "Made In Germany" on platform; Numbered "No. 487130" on metal plate that the material would be put under the needle.
Condition: The wheel turns; the needle goes up and down. There are tiny spots of paint loss, but overall I believe this should be at least Good and probably Very Good Antique Condition. The box shows a great deal of wear, and would be rated Fair Condition.
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