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 Child's / Toy Treadle Sewing Machines

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Cupid Toy Treadle Sewing MachineCupid Toy Treadle Sewing Machine    There are about a dozen variations or different toy treadle sewing machines, both American and European that can be found.  All are pretty rare and were only made in small numbers.  The American made Cupid ranks right up there with the hardest to find from any location. 

This example is in super condition.  The decals are some of the best and brightest and most detailed that can be found on any toy treadle sewing machine.  The maker was the Cupid Mfg. Co. and was based in Chicago.  From the look and style I assume these are from shortly after the turn of the century.   Glenda Thomas shows several in her second book from some large collections, none with as nice decals as this and has a bit more info on the company and some of their advertising.  

A very nice example that will be sure to be a highlight of any collection.

Good + . . . . .  $3250.00     SOLD!!!



Eldregette Toy Treadle Sewing MachineEldredgette Child-Size Antique Toy Treadle Sewing Machine    This small toy treadle sewing machine was produced by the National Sewing Machine Co. of Belvedere IL.   They were the outfit that also made the line of cast iron machines named Stitchwell that can be found.  These machines date from just after WWI and into the 20's.  I assume it was the Great Depression that put an end to their manufacture. 

Both the Stitchwell, and the Eldredgette are found on this Mission Oak style wood stand.  I assume that you can also find other similar machines by this same firm, like the Wee, American Girl, and all the other Stitchwell look a-likes  that are around but I have never seen or had any of these.

The condition of the machine is very nice.  The name decal is super and the paint has just a few minor chips.  The top has a ruler decal on the front edge and this shows some wear, so we know that this was a played with and loved toy.  A nice example of a hard to find sewing machine, in nice condition. 
   

Good + . . . . .  $1250.00     SOLD!!!



Ideal Child Size Toy Treadle Sewing MachineIdeal Child-Size Antique Toy Treadle Sewing Machine  The "Ideal Toy Treadle Sewing Machine is a very nice piece of 19th century Americana. 

In Glenda Thomas's first book on toy and miniature sewing machines she has one pictured and has a lot of info about the two different manufacturers having made these.   Her research also reveals that well known outfits like Marshall Fields of Chicago were distributers.  The ads she cites are from the late 1890's and include one from the Youths Companion, and the Ladies Home Journal.  She even pictures one of these ads in the back of the book and it shows that this machine sold for the whopping sum of $5.00 when it was first offered. 

The condition is very nice.  There is not a lot of decoration, but there never was.  This machine was marketed as not just a toy to be played with, but also a a machine to be used by not only the child, but the mom, or even the servant.  It was a very utilitarian machine and offered that way. The stand is very nicely done, with the name Ideal in cast out or cut out letters like one finds in certain wrenches or other pieces of decorative cast iron from this era. The treadle is especially well done and rivals those in detail and finish found on real treadles from this era.

Good + . . . . .  $1850.00     SOLD!!!




Ruth Toy Treadle Sewing Machine / TSMRuth Toy Treadle Sewing Machine / TSM   The Ruth TSM is German made, and hard enough to find in its own right.  We have never had it before as a treadle.   The treadle base here looks to be a craftsman made affair.  There is a Ruth treadle machine with a  similar base that is presented as original shown in the Thomas' book on page 15.  I believe that this is a well done copy of that, but it too might be original.  It is very nicely done.  

The condition of the machine is very nice with nearly 100% of the original paint and decal decorations remaining.  It is set up for a smaller child than the others on this page and only stands a bit over 2 feet tall.  A wonderful little machine / treadle toy that will display very nicely!
 

Good + . . . . .  $450.00     SOLD!!!




"Princess" Toy Treadle Sewing Machine / TSM"Princess" Toy Treadle Sewing Machine / TSM  There is info about this machine cast into the sides of the stand and stamped into the stitch plate.  It is by the Decker Mfg. Co. Ltd of Detroit, Mich.  It is very similar in look and design to the Ideal treadle, and the Little Tot toy treadles that we have had and sold in the past.

The makers of these toy treadles went the extra mile for the most part making toy treadles to look and act just like Mom's treadle, just scaled down a bit to fit the smaller user.  This one even has a provision for the base to be adjustable for different size or growing little girls as the pedal portion can be raised or lowered.  Note also that the main parts are all cast, and that the push rods and lever arms are not stamped metal as found on most lesser toys from the same era.

The condition of this example is very nice.  It looks like the base may have been repainted, but I see no signs of repairs.  The head is very nice with 90% or more of the original paint and decoration.
   

Good + . . . . .  $2750.00     SOLD!!!



Cupid Toy Treadle Sewing Machine / TSMCupid Toy Treadle Sewing Machine / TSM  There are about a dozen variations of different toy treadle sewing machines, both American and European that can be found. All are pretty rare and were only made in small numbers. The American made Cupid ranks right up there with the hardest to find from any location.

This example is in super condition. The decals are some of the best and brightest and most detailed that can be found on any toy treadle sewing machine. The maker was the Cupid Mfg. Co. and was based in Chicago, IL. From the look and style I assume these are from shortly after the turn of the century. Glenda Thomas shows several in her second book from some large collections, none with as nice decals as this and has a bit more info on the company and some of their advertising.

A very nice example that will be sure to be a highlight of any collection. 

Good + . . . . .  $2850.00     SOLD!!!



Muller 18 Toy Treadle Sewing Machine / TSM w/ Dome TopMuller 18 Toy Treadle Sewing Machine / TSM w/ Dome Top   The head of this child size treadle sewing machine looks like and is the same size as a Muller #12 sewing machine, but the solid cast iron base of the machine is quite different and when found on a treadle stand this machine becomes a #18 according to the references I have.

The condition is super. The protective decorated tin dome top shown in the other pictures did a great job of protecting the original finish and decorations on the machine.  They are near perfect.  There are no cracks or repairs, and the pedal has the proper M cast into it.  It operates smoothly.

Some special little girl must have been very happy and loved this when given it the first time close to 100 years ago on a special occasion.  It will look great as a display piece and will be a highlight of most any collection of children's toys or sewing machines.  A rare opportunity! 

Good + . . . . .  $2750.00     SOLD!!!



Busy Bee Toy Treadle Sewing Machine / TSM"Busy Bee" Toy Treadle Sewing Machine / TSM   This style child size toy treadle sewing machine could be referred to as Mission or Arts and Crafts style with its distinctive wood base made in that classic style.  These machines date from near the 1920's which is the correct era for that style base.  These wooden treadle stands can be found with several other heads on them besides those of the Stitchwell family which were made by the National Sewing Machine Co. of Belvedere, IL.  For instance you can also find the American Girl TSM, the Eldredgette and the Damascus on similar stands, each of which were also made by National. 

We have an F & W Automatic on this same style base as well.  It looks proper, and perhaps that can be explained as both companies were based in the same area of the country and used the same manufacturer, or perhaps that the bases were offered as an accessory to fit other model machines by the maker.  I do not know for sure. 

The condition of this example is very nice.  They are getting hard to find, and make for a great accent piece and display nicely in a number of settings. 

Good + . . . . .  $850.00     SOLD!!!



F & W Automatic Toy Treadle Sewing Machine / TSMF & W Automatic Toy Treadle Sewing Machine / TSM   We have had a number of the F & W Automatic sewing machines over the years.  These sewing machines were produced by Foley & Williams, an outfit that hailed from Chicago, IL. These sewing machines were offered for a considerable sum of money compared to other small machines from the same era and are oftentimes found in their original boxes with pricing info stenciled onto the box.  All that I can remember have the grooved wheel provision to allow it to be set up as a treadle, but this is the first one actually set up as a treadle that I have run across.  The treadle base is essentially the same as the one under the Stitchwell / Busy Bee I have listed above. 

The condition of this toy treadle sewing machine is very nice.  It is much more substantially made than the typical toy sewing machine from this era, and I am sure that explains why it was offered for more.  Note that the sewing arms are made of cast iron as opposed to just flat steel stock like that which is found on most other toys from this era.  The paint and decorations are in pretty good condition, and this should be considered a hard to find machine set up in this fashion. 

Good + . . . . .  $1450.00     SOLD!!!



Muller #16 Toy Treadle Sewing Machine / TSMMuller #16 Toy Treadle Sewing Machine / TSM    The condition of this Muller 16 Treadle Sewing Machine is very nice.  It is smaller than the Muller 18.  The condition of the sewing head is super.  The decoration is near 100%. The finish on the table is original.  The wood grain dome top is nice with just one small dent.   The one apology on this unusual child's treadle is that one of the feet on the base was broken off about 2" up the leg.  It has been repaired and is invisible unless told or shown.  It will not be noticeable when on display. 

Good + . . . . .  $2750.00     SOLD!!!






Daisy Toy Treadle Sewing Machine / TSMDaisy Toy Treadle Sewing Machine / TSM    The condition of this Daisy Toy Treadle Sewing Machine is very nice.  It is smaller than most other toy treadles in scale and is very cute.  Look at the condition and detail of the original paint on the decorative cast iron stand.  The Daisy in the end panels is great.  I have never seen one this nice.  The condition of the sewing head is good.  There is still decoration visible on the painted surfaces.  The sew plate is tarnished, but the patent info and manufacturers info there is still readable.  This area is not pitted or rusty.  The finish on the table looks to be original and nice.    The one apology on this unusual child's treadle is that the glue joints on both the drawer and wooden bonnet / top have failed.  This would be a pretty straight forward fix as all the parts are present, it just needs to be properly clamped and glued. 

Good + . . . . .  $2950.00     SOLD!!!


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This is just a sample of the many antiques & collectibles 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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