Friedrich Wilhelm Muller of Berlin began producing toy sewing machines around 1885. His first machines were small cast iron models, but he soon started to produce cheaper tin plate styles that were lighter and painted in a large variety of bright colors with different designs. These appealed more to children but were not as robust as the heavier models. The early cast iron models had the initials FWM painted on the bed but later tin plate models were mostly labeled ‘Made in Germany’ or Foreign’, or had the production number stamped on the stitch plate.
After WW2 the Muller factory was in the American zone and resumed production of TSMs in October 1945, using pre-war parts and producing machines that looked the same as the ones before the war started. Machines sold during this time were stamped ‘Berlin, Made in Germany, US-Zone’. It was 1950 before new models appeared. After WW2 Muller machines sold in America were labeled KAYanEE while Muller TSMs sold to other countries were labeled ‘Regina’. Some later models were even battery operated and included a foot pedal and light.
This is a wonderful Muller toy sewing machine, model no 2, circa 1910-1940, The black background is extensively decorated with a red and blue floral and gold scroll design. The sewing plate is stamped "N 122 083". Ready to sew with no missing parts with needle in place. The machine measures 7" in length, 3 3/4" in width and 6 1/2" in height. There is light rust and pitting on the metal parts; the decorative design is in good condition.
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