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We can help you
sell your antique or collectible TSM's or
Sewing Machine Consignment Sales
We are active, knowledgeable, experienced, and
specialized dealers in both rare and
historically important American patented sewing machines and child size or toy
sewing machines. Full size early
Patented Sewing Machines have their own
page on this site.
a series of pictures that graphically illustrate some of the types and vintage
of antique toy sewing machines
(TSMs) we actively deal in. There are also numerous past sales results and more information about
these types of sewing machines in the Past Sales archives which are
linked in the right column.
American Hand Patented 1868 Sewing Machine
This is a prime example of the type of antique sewing machine that we are actively seek and can help you sell. It resembles a pair of scissors, and you operate it by squeezing the arms together like you would a scissors. It is commonly referred to as a "sewing shears-style machine". Another example of this style machine carries the name Goodbody and was made in Bridgeport, CT. A third one was patented by a fellow named Hendricks. These were marketed as travel machines, not toys and are very hard to find. Note that similar things are still being marketed today in novelty catalogs and on late night TV for the American consumer with insomnia
Hancock Patent Sewing Machines
Any antique sewing machines
with built-in or integral clamps such as the one pictured on the left
are good. There are a whole
series of early patented sewing machines commonly referred to as "Hancocks"
after the original inventor / patent holder. The patent was
granted in the 1860's. These
sewing machines were sometimes marketed under other names, such as the
"Household Pet", Lake Patent, and others that were similar in design. They are almost always missing their needle which was
an odd design in itself.
The Hook Sewing Machine
This wonderful small cast iron sewing machine measures just 4" tall and was patented in the early 1860's. It was only manufactured for a very short period of time. It is referred to as the Hook and is very similar to the Hardie, another early patented sewing machine which is slightly larger. This machine also has a built-in clamping mechanism and is another example of a desirable antique sewing machine from the mid 1800's. Although functional, it would hardly be useable. That is one of the reasons they are so rare and sought after.
Smith & Egge / Little Comfort Chain Drive Sewing Machine
This is an example of a mass produced cast iron child size toy sewing
that dates from near the turn of the 20th century.
This is the type that can often be found in near mint condition in their
original boxes. These early sewing machines originally sold for
a dollar or two, and were sold as both toys / child-size machines and as
travel / mending machines through large distributors like Sears & Montgomery Wards and the like.
Singer made a line of toy or
child-size sewing machines starting in the 'teens and continuing through
today. These sewing machines are often mistakenly called
"salesman sample" sewing machines.
German Toy Sewing Machines
The next style of
toy sewing machines, which generally dates a bit later, and spans up into the
1960's or so,
are the toy machines which are usually referred to as "tinnies" or sheet steel
models. There are examples of this style machine from the US and all over the
world. Some of them were produced in great numbers and are
quite common, while others are considered quite rare and desirable.
The above sewing machines are examples of the caliber, condition and quality of antique sewing machines that we are primarily interested in and can help you sell. Past sale archives for many early sewing machines can be viewed by clicking the links. Past sales results for other antiques can be seen from links in the right column
If you have quality antique sewing machines similar to those that you see on this page that you want to sell, please contact us at LCM@AntiqBuyer.com If you have additional questions about our consignment sales program please see the FAQ page
To see examples of antique sewing machines that we currently have for sale, please go to our sister site at www.Patented-Antiques.comand visit the sewing machine sale pages you will find there.