Sewing machine; J. Silberberg; c. 1870; 500/078
Sewing machineAbout this object
An early chain stitch machine whereby one thread forms a chain/loop stitch.
The machine most likely would have been manufactured in England, or Germany.Distributed by J Silberberg, a company founded in 1855.
c. 1870Place Made
Base 330 mm x 200 mm
Machine length 280 mm
Height 250 mm
This machine was reputedly brought to Australia from Ireland 128 years ago in 1890 by Mrs Jane Duncan (nee Anderson). When she died in 1939 aged 83 it was bequeathed to Eleanor Hawdon (her cousin by marriage). Eleanor’s husband Cliff Evans donated the machine to the Museum.
The machine was used continuously for sewing and mending clothes over generations.
It represents the era when mothers, wives and daughters sewed and mended clothes before the modern mass produced ‘off-the-shelf’ clothing era.
Donor: Duncan familyObject Type
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