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American Cast Iron Toy Sewing Machines

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Prices seen span a long period of time and may not reflect current values.  Some are selling for more, many now sell for less.
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Stitchwell / National Sewing Machine Co.Stitchwell / National Sewing Machine Co. Variant Collection The National Sewing Machine Co. of Belvidere, Illinois was the brainchild of a fellow named Barnabas Eldredge.  Like other shrewd entrepreneurs of his day, he seemed to catch on quickly to the notion that you could sell more of the same thing if you marketed that thing with different names and with slight variations in the design, making for a toy sewing machine collector's dream!  All of these cast iron machines feature geared handwheels but there are several variations in design.   The standard name on these machines was "Stitchwell" but you could apparently order a machine that was personalized for an individual, and several ingenious department stores jumped on the advertising and promotional bandwagon and had machines personalized with their company or other names.  There are many more to be found but here are five different variations we are offering for sale to get you well on your way .  All are in excellent condition, four of the five are in their original boxes, and original instructions and clamps are included with several as well.

Excellent . . . .$1595.00         SOLD



Stitchwell / National Sewing Machine Co. TSM / Toy Sewing Machine Marked DuquesneStitchwell TSM / Toy Sewing Machine Marked Duquesne  Fine condition and the only one w/ this name I have ever seen.

Excellent . . . .$295.00         SOLD







Stitchwell / National Sewing Machine Co. TSM / Toy Sewing Machine Marked EldridgeStitchwell TSM / Toy Sewing Machine Marked Eldridge  Fine condition and one not seen very often.

Excellent . . . .$175.00         SOLD







Stitchwell / National Sewing Machine Co. TSM / Toy Sewing Machine Marked WanamakerStitchwell  TSM / Toy Sewing Machine Marked Wanamaker  Fine condition and one not seen very often.

Excellent . . . .$375.00         SOLD







Stitchwell Little Lady TSM Toy Sewing Machine in Original BoxStitchwell "My Lady" TSM Toy Sewing Machine in Original Box    As nice as one could ask for.   Different, and nice!!

Fine . . . . . . .$495.00        SOLD!







Busy Bee / Stitchwell TSM Toy Sewing MachineBusy Bee / Stitchwell TSM Toy Sewing Machine  Different, and nice!!

Fine . . . . . . .$195.00        SOLD!







"LIttle Lady" Stitchwell TSM Toy Sewing MachineStitchwell "Little Lady" TSM Toy Sewing Machine in Suitcase Box    I have never seen a Stitchwell / Little Lady before, and I have never seen any National Sewing Machine Co. TSM by any name in a suitcase box like this one.  I am not sure if it is factory, or owner built by some little girl's dad back when she first got it in the 20's or so.  The machine is carefully and well mounted to a piece of oak that perfectly fits into the box.  The box is outfitted with an area for spools and a box for accessories.  Very different, and nice!!

Fine . . . . . . .$395.00        SOLD!




Senorita Patented Child Size Sewing Machine"Senorita" Patented Child-Size Antique Sewing Machine  The Senorita is one of the rarest of all child size patented sewing machines.  This is the only one I have ever seen, and there is not one pictured in either of Glenda Thomas's books on sewing machines.

There is a reference to one in Thomas's second book in an ad for the  "Cupid" sewing machine, another rare machine that also hailed from Chicago.  That ad refers to the A. M. Crane co as a distributer for the Cupid Mfg.. Co. but this machine is marked Patented and A. M. Crane Mfg. so there is research to be done to figure out exactly what the relationship is between these two machines, and names.  The ad indicates that this machine was being marketed towards invalids who were not able to use treadle sewing machines, and that it was a high gear rapid stitcher,  the equal to any other machine costing $60.00 or more.  Marketing at its finest.   The sole reference I could find using Google gave the date as approx 1901 but there was no other info than a line listing. 

The condition of this "Senorita" sewing machine fabulous.  The black japanned fiish is excellent, as are the colorful gold decals running up the column on both sides.  The manufactures name and patent info are on the base under the sew plate. 
    

Fine . . . . . . .$975.00        SOLD!



Spenser Sewing Machine with Auxiliary CrankRare Spenser Sewing Machine with Auxiliary Crank It is not often that this machine is found complete with its auxiliary speed mechanism.  It is a geared affair that attaches to the base of the machine and efficiently converts one turn of the geared wheel into about three revolutions of the inner handcrank. The machine itself is marked with the Spenser name, denoting the Boston, MA firm, as well as with several patent dates.  The condition of the black paint is good although slightly dull in finish.  The metalwork is darkened a bit, showing some loss of nickel.  The speed attachment base has had a professional repair which is hardly discernable, right at the skinniest portion of the base.  It was silver soldered / welded to be as strong as new, and then carefully finished smooth and repainted.  The solid gear wheel of the auxiliary mechanism is marked "Pat. Apl'd For".  This piece is priced to account for the one apology---it's a rare one!

Good  . . . . .$675.00        SOLD



Antique Smith & Egge Automatic Toy Sewing Machine / TSM in the BoxAntique Smith & Egge Automatic Toy Sewing Machine / TSM in the Box    It is complete with the original clamp.  Very nice!!!





Excellent . . . . .$375.00        SOLD



Smith & Egge TSMSmith & Egge Automatic Antique Sewing Machine in the Box   It has been said that Mr. Egge had the reputation of being one of the best and most ingenious mechanics in the country, while Mr. Smith was active in local politics.  Together they formed a company headquartered in Bridgeport, Connecticut that manufactured, among other things, some of the finest hand sewing machines of their day.  This example is stamped with the Smith & Egge Automatic model name on a textured plate attached to the front of the machine.  Dating from right around 1900, it comes complete with its very unusual original cardboard box.  After 100 or so years the box, as would be expected, is in fragile condition.  The lid has been reinforced with tape on the inside, it is missing one side flap, and there is a fairly good size ding in it as you can see from the picture.  But the image of the Victorian-era woman operating her sewing machine while sitting in a wicker chair is absolutely charming!  The machine itself is as close to perfect as it could possibly be---I think it would rate a 10 on anyone's condition chart.  It is complete with the original clamp and tattered, though still readable, instructions.  This one is definitely special!

Excellent . . . . .$450.00        SOLD



Reliable TSM Sewing MachineF & W Reliable Cast Iron Sewing Machine   This unusual Foley & Williams sewing machine was marketed as a machine that was reliable enough to be used by adults, yet small enough to be used by children.   It is the version with the geared handwheel rather than the simple cam-type hand crank.  This example shows some nickel loss and a bit of paint loss on the base, but the floral decoration and the Reliable decal are good.  The tension assembly and the spool pin have been professionally remade by The Watkins with the same precision as the originals.

Good . . . . .$225.00        SOLD




Reliable TSM Sewing MachineF & W Reliable Cast Iron Sewing Machine in Original Box   This unusual Foley & Williams sewing machine was marketed as a machine that was reliable enough to be used by adults, yet small enough to be used by children.   It is the version with the geared handwheel rather than the simple cam-type hand crank.  This example shows some nickel loss and a bit of paint loss on the base, but the floral decoration and the Reliable decal are good.  The tension assembly and the spool pin have been professionally remade by The Watkins with the same precision as the originals.

Good . . . . .$375.00        SOLD



Antique Toy Sewing MachineAmerican "Baby" Antique Toy Sewing Machine  This small cast iron toy sewing machine is a favorite among collectors.  The word "Baby" is clearly stamped on the stitch plate along with patent dates from 1882, 1883, and 1894.  The presser foot on this machine is very distinctive with its curled up edges meant as a patented feature to protect little fingers.  This example is complete with the needle and ready to display.

Excellent . . . . .$195.00        SOLD






Baby Antique Toy Sewing Machine"Baby" Antique Toy Sewing Machine  The word "Baby" is clearly stamped on the stitch plate along with patent dates from 1882, 1883, and 1894.  The presser foot on this machine is very distinctive with its curled up edges meant as a patented feature to protect little fingers.  This example is complete with the needle and ready to display.   Very nice!!

Excellent . . . . .$250.00        SOLD





Little 
	Comfort Improved Hand Sewing Machine in BoxLittle Comfort Improved Hand Sewing Machine in Box  The Smith & Egge Co. of Bridgeport, CT made several versions of their "Little Comfort" sewing machine.  Their "Improved" model featured a geared handwheel rather than the chain-drive or the direct-drive versions of their other machines.  This is a really well-designed, well-built, sturdy little machine. It measures only about 7" tall but with it's oversized base for stability it is quite a bit heavier than many of the other cast iron "toy" machines.  It was no doubt marketed as a "real" working machine capable of doing all sorts of mending jobs by adults as well as being a first machine for young girls.  Note the interesting spool pin which requires that you push down on the spring-loaded mechanism to release it from the locked position in order to insert the spool of thread.  It also has a complex tensioner that is activated by the up-and-down motion of the upper arm as the machine is cranked.  The stitch plate is marked with the Little Comfort name on the angled front edge as well as with the patent dates of 1896 and 1897.  This example is complete with the seam guide, the needle, the clamp, and a very tattered cardboard box.  And although the metal work on a portion of the stitch plate and one spot on the hand wheel show some loss of nickel plating and a little texture, the rest of the metal parts are bright and shiny original nickel, and the black paint on the body is excellent, so overall it displays well.

Good + . . . . .$395.00        SOLD



F & W Automatic Toy Sewing MachineF & W Automatic Cast Iron Antique Sewing Machine   This machine, produced by the Foley and Williams Co. of Chicago, dates from just before the turn of the 20th century.  At first glance you will notice a similarity in the design of the rounded double upper arm to that of the popular Wilcox and Gibbs sewing machine.  But the F & W is a significantly smaller sewing machine, marketed both as a child's machine and for family mending, and unlike the Wilcox and Gibbs the F & W was produced for just a short period of time.  This example is in nice condition with pretty gold and red decoration.  As with many of this model machine, the spool pin is missing but replacements are available.  The groove in the gearwheel suggests that the machine was made to be run either by hand or hooked up to a belt or treadle.  This one will display nicely amongst your other Victorian-era sewing machines!

Very Good . . . . .$275.00        SOLD



Smith & Egge TSMSmith & Egge "Cordova" Chain Drive Cast Iron Sewing Machine   Very few chain-driven sewing machines were manufactured no doubt due to the higher cost of manufacture.  You occasionally find them marked "Smith & Egge Automatic" and sometimes marked as "Little Comfort", but seldom found or offered for sale is the version labeled with the "Cordova" nameplate.  There is no question that this machine was one of the Smith & Egge variations---aside from the obvious resemblance it is clearly stamped with the manufacturer's name and patent information on the stitchplate.  This example is in excellent original condition with shiny black paint and bright metal parts showing no rust or corrosion.  This antique sewing machine dates from around 1897 so it is remarkable to see one of these hard-to-find models in such outstanding condition.  It is definitely a top-shelf item you'll be proud to show off!

Excellent . . . . .$375.00         SOLD



Gem Toy Sewing MachineGem on "Treadle" Legs Sewing Machine   This seldom seen small American cast iron sewing machine has a uniquely designed base that was meant to resemble a treadle stand, and is a favorite among collectors.  This example is all-original with no breaks or cracks in the casting, and although the decoration is somewhat faint, the paint is very good.  It is marked "Pat App For" and it's operation is flawless.  This machine is sure to be a standout in any sewing machine collection!

Excellent . . . . .$1975.00 SOLD




American Gem Sewing Machine w/ Speed EnhancerAmerican Gem Sewing Machine w/ Speed Enhancer    This is a great looking, and very hard to find antique child size sewing machine.   The overall condition is good +. The black japanned finish is nice with  minor losses at the base and along the edges. 

The typical American Gem cast iron sewing machine has a interesting design base that was meant to resemble a real treadle stand.  It is unique among toy sewing machines in this respect, and this design sewing machine is a favorite with toy sewing machine collectors and collectors of early full-size machines as well.  It is approx 6" across the legs, and stands about 9" tall.  This one has the doubly hard to find speed enhancer built into the design. 

The sewing plate on this example is marked "Pat. Apld For", and in both of the references on sewing machines I have there is no information on the actual maker or any further patent information.  I would estimate this machine to date from the 1880's or so from the look and decoration.  It sews a simple chain stitch like other early machines from this era, and a special note should be made that it has oil or lubrication holes at the important bearing points, a feature that would indicate this machine was also marketed as a small working machine for seamstresses and not a simple toy. 

This sewing machine is all-original with no breaks or cracks in the casting and it has not been touched up or restored.  This early sewing machine is sure to be a standout in any sewing machine collection!  And a really fine addition of Americana for your collection!

Very Good . . . . . . . .$1750.00        SOLD!




American Gem Sewing MachineAmerican Gem Sewing Machine w/ Speed Enhancer, and Original Wooden Base w Advertising   This is a great looking, and very hard to find antique sewing machine. The overall condition is the best i have ever seen or had for this machine.  This is the second time i have offered this machine for sale.  Over 20 years ago I first saw this machine in a window at a place we were buying a iron stove along the shore of Mass near Boston.  We expressed interest, and although were originally told it was not for sale a strong offer changed the owners mind.  We sold it to a dealer collector shortly after for a premium because of the condition and base.  It was sold again, and then sat in a collection for close to 20 years before we took it on consignment to sell for the widower of the last collector.  And so the circle continues.   

The black japanned finish is super nice with just minor losses. The white and yellow Daisy flower decoration running around the perimeter, up the arm, and in the center of the sewing table is near perfect. Over the years we have seen quite a few of these sewing machines and the decoration on almost all has been different on each machine, indicating they were hand-done. Some have birds, others have red, green and gold grape-like vines, but this example w/ daisy decoration is certainly one of the nicest and most elaborate flower motifs we have seen

The American Gem cast iron sewing machine has a interesting design base that was meant to resemble a real treadle sewing machine stand. It is unique among toy sewing machines in this respect, and this design sewing machine is a favorite with toy sewing machine collectors and collectors of early full-size machines as well. It is approx 6" across the legs, and stands about 9" tall. The condition of the original wood base is exceptional, and there has never been one seen or found this nice.  The two references on toy sewing machines picture this type of sewing machi9ne, but they have no info on the maker or location.  All of that info is clearly stenciled on the base under this machine.  The condition is fabulous!!

The sewing plate on this example is marked "Pat. Apld For", and in both of the references on sewing machines I have there is no information on the actual maker or any further patent information. I would estimate this machine to date from the 1880's or so from the look and decoration. It sews a simple chain stitch like other early machines from this era, and a special note should be made that it has oil or lubrication holes at the important bearing points, a feature that would indicate this machine was also marketed as a small working machine for seamstresses and not a simple toy.  These machines are found in two different styles with the more common version not having the speed enhancing second large wheel that this one does.  I would say that the models with the speed enhancer are at least 10 times harder to find, and again, never has one been found with this nice a base. 

This sewing machine is all-original with no breaks or cracks in the casting and it has not been touched up or restored. This early sewing machine is sure to be a standout in any sewing machine collection! And a really fine addition of Americana for your collection!

Fine + . . . . . . .$2750.00        SOLD!



Peerless 
	Automatic Antique Cast Iron Sewing MachinePeerless Automatic Antique Cast Iron Sewing Machine   When it comes to marketing and advertising it seems that the more things change, the more they stay the same!  The Smith & Egge Manufacturing Co. of Bridgeport, CT, like so many of its other competitors of the day, made several variations of the same basic sewing machine, giving each variation a different and very carefully chosen model name that was sure to inspire confidence in the buying public.  The "Peerless" is one you don't find very often.  The basic difference between this model and the more typical Smith & Egge models that you see is that the name is cast into the base rather than stamped on an applied steel plate.  This example is in really nice condition and although the accompanying wooden box is missing the lid and has had some repair to the bottom, it did its job of protecting the machine for the last hundred or so years.  There are original  instructions included though they are just a bit tattered.  Not one that comes along very often!

Excellent . . . . .$275.00        SOLD



Peerless 
	Automatic Antique Cast Iron Sewing MachinePeerless Automatic Antique Cast Iron Sewing Machine w/ box & Instructions    This example is in really nice condition w/ wooden box and instructions.   Not one that comes along very often!

Excellent . . . . .$375.00        SOLD






Little 
	Comfort Chain Drive Sewing MachineLittle Comfort Chain Drive Sewing Machine   Not a lot of these chain-driven cast iron machines were produced, as most manufacturers of the little cast iron machines took the cheaper route of designing simpler, less costly drive mechanisms.  These small machines were marketed as real machines to be used by adults for mending work as well as toys to inspire young girls learning to sew.  This example operates flawlessly and is in excellent condition.  The black paint is shiny and clean and the metalwork is bright and shiny with no rust.  if you are looking for an example that is close to perfect this is it!

Excellent . . . . .$275.00        SOLD




Pansey TSM Sewing Machine"The Pansy" Integral Clamp Sewing Machine This vintage sewing machine, the Pansy,  is the only type I can think of that has its name in cutout letters in the cast iron frame work. In addition to having the built in or integral clamp, this machine, with its cutout name in the frame, has special meaning for us because of these two features combined.  We buy all sorts of cast iron antiques and vintage collectibles that have this "cutout" characteristic---tools, wrenches, a sausage stuffer, latch rug machines, trivets, eggbeaters, etc.  This is an extremely rare model sewing machine and one of the few that we have ever seen.

Excellent . . . . .$1275.00        SOLD



Goodes 
	Patent Toy Sewing MachineGoodes Patent Toy Sewing Machine  On March 19, 1872 Ebenezer A. Goodes was granted a patent on what he called "a new and useful toy sewing machine".  This is considered to be one of the very earliest American toy sewing machines made, and old Ebenezer was rightfully proud of his accomplishment, prominently stamping the patent date within a star-studded patriotic shield right in the center of the stitchplate.  This is a great looking sewing machine because of its diminutive size and delicate, graceful lines.  It is ingeniously simple in mechanics, utilizing a cam and the simple revolving motion of the handwheel to impart back-and-forth motion to the thread looper, while the "walking" needle accomplishes the task of fabric transport.  The condition of this example is everything we could have ever hoped for!

Excellent . . . . .$975.00        SOLD



"Midget" Toy / Travel Size / Child-Size Antique Sewing Machine"Midget" Toy / Travel Size / Child-Size Antique Sewing Machine  The "Midget" TSM is a well known early toy or travel size sewing machine.  The condition of this machine is very nice.  It is hard to find them in this nice condition, and harder again to find them in their original box.  The body decoration is Calla Lilies and this variation is very rare compared to the typical vines and berries you usually see.  I have had or seen many other Midgets and similar machines made by Foley & Williams, but this is only the second or third one of these with this style decoration that I recall seeing in all those years.  

Very Good . . . . .375.00         SOLD! 



"Little Comfort Improved" Toy / Travel Size / Child-Size Antique Sewing Machine"Little Comfort Improved" Toy / Travel Size / Child-Size Antique Sewing Machine  The "Little Comfort Improved" TSM is a well known early toy or travel size sewing machine.  It was made by the Smith & Egge Co.  There are several variations or versions of this machine, including a chain drive model, one with a rounded body, the square bodied version, and more.  There is patent info on the stitch plate.

The condition if this example is nice with 95% of the original finish intact.   These machines can be found in lesser condition pretty regularly, but do not turn up in this condition very often.  A nice example to add to the collection.

Very Good . . . . .$225.00         SOLD!



John Wannamaker / Smith & Egge Sewing Machine w/ Original BoxJohn Wannamaker / Smith & Egge Sewing Machine w/ Original Box   John Wannamaker was the name of a large department store with branches located in NY and Phila. They sold a complete line of goods including toys.  They were big enough a buyer that they were able to get Smith & Egge to make them up their own name plaque for the front of an otherwise standard Smith & Egge Sewing Machine.

The overall condition is very nice noting just some minor spots of rust that will clean.  The box has no lid or label.  The clamp is here as are the instructions that as can be seen are in a fragile state of decay.  This is a pretty hard to find machine that only turns up occasionally. 

Good + . . . . . . .$495.00        SOLD!




Smith & Egge TSM Toy Sewing Machine Marked John Wannamaker w/ Original BoxSmith & Egge TSM Toy Sewing Machine Marked John Wannamaker w/ Original Box   John Wannamaker was the name of a large department store with branches located in NY and Phila. They sold a complete line of goods including toys.  They were big enough a buyer that they were able to get Smith & Egge to make them up their own name plaque for the front of an otherwise standard Smith & Egge Sewing Machine.

The overall condition is very nice.   The clamp is here as are the instructions.  This is a pretty hard to find machine that only turns up occasionally. 

Fine . . . . . . .$450.00        SOLD!



SOEZY TSM /  Toy Sewing MachineSOEZY TSM /  Toy Sewing Machine  The overall condition is very nice. This is a hard to find and unusual integral clamp sewing machine.  It looks earlier than it is and the patent was from the teens, a time much later than other similar looking machines.  I imagine that explains their relative scarcity.  

Fine . . . . . . .$1275.00        SOLD!






Midget TSM /  Toy Sewing Machine in Original BoxMidget TSM /  Toy Sewing Machine in Original Box  The overall condition is very nice.   

Fine . . . . . . .$395.00        SOLD!






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This is just a sample of the many antique Toy Sewing Machines we have sold.
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For further info on consigning / selling your antiques with us please see our FAQ page, the Appraisal / Selling Page and the Selling Your Collection Pages.

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