Rare Grover & Baker #9 Early antique sewing machine, walnut cab, cast treadle, 1871
February 14, 2020
Lock stitch two thread sewing machine, very rare walnut unfolding table with 3 drawers cabinet, cast iron treadle & stand. The Grover & Baker G. B Sewing machines Company of Boston. MA was one of the original members of Sewing Machine Combination established by 2 boston tailors William O. And the first G&Bs President Orlando B. Potter has the distinction of forming the first Trust in US history: The four. Companies : Grover & Baker Co, Wheeler & Wilson Co, I. Elias Howe Companies also formed 1st in US history Patent pool. In order to prevent themselves from litigations and, of course, to control the sewing machine market. All these companies have contributed into the that pool the best innovative ideas they had. B lock stitch sewing machine Model 9 is one of the first machines has been ever made. Grover and Baker patented their fist idea on May 6 1849 and. Baker SMC has been established. It is the antique sewing machines renown expert’s opinions that the. Higher value generated by all G & B machines is associated due to their unique. Being offered for sale today is Lock stitch # 9 model patented in October 1859. The needle for this machine has been patented (US Patent # 34571) in 1862. This is Famous Silver plated Model # 9, Serial # 420839. The sliding plates and body of the machine head also carry the numerical marks – # 146839. He earlier versions of these machines has been made starting from 1855 till middle 1870. These machines has been hand made with great precision. Even today , 150 years later, all parts in the machines moving mechanisms are perfectly synchronized and functions within themselves as the new ones. Some of the models for G&B SMC in the beginning has been silver plated by Domestic SMC in Buffalo NY and later they gradually began making the parts and a few years later to completely assemble machines for Grover. Even at that time consumers has been forced not to care how beautiful and gracefully curved like a swans those G & B machines are – the production cost and sale price has been deciding factor. Unfortunately today the major goal of our society is the constant pursue of lower cost and most of us have the unfortunate tendency to overlook or simply brush off such aspects as quality and aesthetics. So, let the truly exquisite appearance of this machine serve to us as a reminder of those unfortunately bygone era. All together Grover & Baker SMC for 22 years of existence has produced only. In the middle of 1860. Singer would do an unpredictable simply put all acquired perfectly functioning G&B machines under the press!!! The hundreds of thousand machines has been destroyed! How many has survived after these 150 years? And how many in great mechanical and cosmetic conditions? I bet much less than a one hundred! To make it short those a few surviving up to present time machines are indeed extremely rare! Singer , Wheeler & Wilson, Howe SMC has produced a tens of millions machines and G&B SMC only a relatively few and that is the one of the reasons why serious collectors always ready to pay a premium price for the honor to have one in their collection. Over these years I have had 14! Almost all of 14 machines were not in the functioning but most of the time being completely frozen and some in very bad cosmetic condition. But over these 45+ years it was my true mission to return those rare truly Our American Heritage mechanical beauties to life. Please look at all these pictures attached – For being 148 years old this machine is absolutely beautiful! The machine has been completely taken apart , cleaned , adjusted and now turns and function correct and freely. Please note from the pics provided, that the most of gold painted motifs on the machines body and on cast iron stand did not survived, but could be visible at close observation only as the shadow and I have made the attempt to highlight those hardly visible shadow in order to bring it as close as possible to the original state. The cabinet’s drop leaf with swing support of extended table and beautiful 3 drawers rack has been taken apart , all bronze hinges has been removed cleaned and polished, all original screws has been polished. Each panel and all made out of solid black walnut wood table and base and drawers has been meticulously cleaned to remove oxidation and accumulation of dirt. I have hydrated wood parts with a lot of linseed oil to restore distressed wood and to reveal beautiful wood grain. Just look at the gorgeous selected grain wood panels – I think that the enjoyment a future owner would be happy to experience for the long period of time is justification for the huge amount of time and effort that has been spent on the restoration process. After completion of that extremely laborious process I have sealed the outer surfaces with mixture of polyurethane and oil to preserve the beauty of the wood grain and to prevent further moisture absorption, wood expansion and oxidation. S I have mentioned above , the most of the gold decorations on the machine’s body did not survived and I had to replace them. Those new decoration has been meticulously professionally re-created based on the original pattern that has been seen as a shadow. The oblong portrait of woman in the middle of the machines bed was also in the bad condition , so I have ordered the new decal of the same size and image to be. Made to replace the original one. The machine is sewing perfectly – see pic # 1 how the tremendous punching through power of this machine can effortlessly go through 4 layers of heavy laminated vinyl! Once The Harper’s Monthly Magazine in August 1861 has made the statement about G&B… Does not fail to excite your admiration for the beauty and uniformity. Is surely holds the truth even more now than 159 years ago. American Heritage functioning piece like this one does not present. And I still would continue to keep all of them and enjoy. This rare beauty, but residing in S. Florida where the living space. To reduce the small remnants of my collection to no more than 5 machines. So, after some considerations I have decided to offer this collectors item for sale. I can offer the number of options to package this machine and It would depends on the new destination location. Completely take it apart : remove the machine from the table, treadle wheel and iron stand from the cabinet and to pack it together with cover in one carton with a lot of impact absorption media. The table after drop leaf and drawers rack would be removed , is not big -37x18x4”. The folded treadle is 30 x14 x14, cover – 18x13x10, head is relatively small and will fit with proper impact absorbing insulation into separate carton of 18x12x10. You know very well that any lateral impact could do the damage to the cast iron even if the wood wall would be build on the 4 sides, especially considering that the center or gravity would be high. 1 Grover & baker sewing machine , 1870. 1 G & B Black Walnut solid wood table with drop leaf and support bracket. 1 Grover & Baker walnut rack with 3 large drawers with locks and 1 key. 1 G & B Bonnet cover with 2 bronze handles , lock and 1 key. 2 G & B Cast iron treadle legs. 1 G & B pedal assembly with wood Pittman rod. 3- G & B needles. 1- 70+ pages US Patents with 32 pages of drawings , printed and also could be forwarded in PDF. Other various G & B historical literature from Smithsonian. Weight 150 Lbs – the machine head, treadle base , treadle wheel, pedal , etc & cartons with adequate impact absorbing materials. I will pack this rare & heavy machine with all possible precautions in order make all attempts possible to avoid any possible damage during transportation. I will use a lot of impact absorbing materials to protect the machine. If you are interested in this item, you may be interested in in my other listing as well. Etired textile engineer and. Sewing machines have always been a part of my job. My background in mechanical engineering combined with some nostalgia, passion and plenty of time on my hands has made the great implication on my current activities Antique and vintage sewing machine restoration. In order to retain the authenticity of original time-honored design, those fine details which once embellished the antique sewing machines and my own clear. The metal parts and treadle legs refinishing no stripping to remove the original finish, no rust preventative primer, no decals or clear coating to make it more appealing in a photo. Here is a brief description of. Clean surface with Murphys oil soap. Chrome plated parts and apply a thin coat of a mixture of Boiled linseed oil & turpentine on the originally painted parts and re-assemble machine. Gear driven machines are being properly cleaned, greased and oiled, the timing is being checked , bobbin case or shuttle are being taken apart, cleaned and oiled for smooth thread draw, stitch adjusted to be equal on both sides. If appropriate for that particular model/class, machine is being tested to sew at slow and fast speeds and in reverse on numerous layers of denim to assure it is sewing with ease. For machines with motor /light /foot pedal control the following steps are being taken to assure that machine is electrically safe to operate: the motor, pedal, light wires, are inspected for electrical safety and replaced (if necessary) from the coils to the connector. The foot pedals are being cleaned and adjusted for smooth speed control. The machines I offer for sale are electrically safe and fully guaranteed to sew very well. Please feel free to ask any questions. The following information you should know. I must be contacted within 24 hours of receipt of item to initiate a return. Only after the issue has been verified I will accept a return. If you do not do this we cannot guarantee receipt of the return and will not issue any credit. I will issue a credit after I have actually received the item and verified the issue. Please contact me with detailed address information for accurate quotes. I will pack all items with a great care with utilization of proper force of impact absorbing materials. As the rule , I will place the sewing machines head into the double-box and will use bubble wrap or rags inside the first box. If it would be a treadle or cabinet sewing machine , I will double-box machines head separately. I will disassemble cabinet / irons legs (if appropriate), then I will write the instruction with photo attachment of step-by-step assembly process to avoid any possible confusion during assembly. Or if it would be required, I could even crate the cabinet and will place and secure machine head in the double carton underneath. I put a lot of effort , time and quality materials into cabinetry restoration process and it would be extremely upsetting to me if the finished piece would be broken during transportation. Tracking information is also available directly on E-Bay page. Please note that the tracking status provided on E-Bay’s website is not updated regularly. It is my responsibility and the matter of honor to make sure that my listing is thorough, honest, and accurate. Please feel free to contact me with any inquiries. I will try to respond within 24 hours or less. I encourage and will enjoy all communication with other members. Feedback system is critical to our E-bay community. User Feedback speaks to the reputation and trustworthiness of both E-Bay’s buyers and sellers. I take it very seriously and hope you will do the same. The honest communication is the most critical factor. I hope everything would be in accordance with you expectation. I will try my best to provide accurate item descriptions and high quality photos for all my listings. The item “Rare Grover & Baker #9 Early antique sewing machine, walnut cab, cast treadle, 1871″ is in sale since Wednesday, February 12, 2020. This item is in the category “Antiques\Sewing (Pre-1930)\Sewing Machines”. The seller is “dmr1826″ and is located in Boca Raton, Florida. This item can be shipped worldwide.
- Maker: Grover & Baker
- Original/Reproduction: Original