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 Clemens Müller Veritas

    Müller Veritas:  Serial No. 1577896.
Made by Clemens Müller. The name Veritas appeared on all machines this firm exported after 1905 and on this machine it is just visable on the arm.  The decals are in very poor condition, the machine having been well used, there is pin rash down to the bare metal on the arm.
The decals are competely gone on the bed, but still evident on the shoulder, they must have been very pretty.  Unusually it has 3 spool pins.  Mechanically it purrs.

Clemens Müller was Germanys first sewing machine manufacturer starting production in 1855 in Dresden.  By 1875 a 100,000 machines of various types including industrial models had been produced.  This increased to 200,000 by 1880 and by 1930 production totalled almost 3 million machines.  After World War 2 the company was renamed VEB Writing & Sewing Machines reflecting that it had been producing type writers since 1910.


    Seidel & Naumann:  Serial No. 141872.
Sold through an unnamed London agent whose address was
24, Moor Lane, London.  It is a transverse shuttle machine and has the needle size plate on the shoulder that seems to appear on Seidel and Naumann machines.  This type of machine was illustrated in Gamages mail order catologue of 1914 by which time Seidel & Naumann had produced over 3 million machines.
The Company was formed in 1872 by E Seidel and B Naumann in Dresden. In 1898 the Company employed 2,500 workers producing 80,000 sewing machines and 40,000 cycles a year.

 Siedel and Naumann

    Seidel & Naumann:  Serial No. 2107675.
Badged 'Siedel and Naumann, 27 Moor Lane E.C.' (It would appear the agent had moved a few doors across the street!)This machine has Naumann on the arm and has 1920's style decals.  Other than that we know very little about this machine.  See the Cases & Bases Page


    Tryer:  Serial No. 1339995.
The name Tryer is just visable on the arm of this machine.  It is a badged German machine typical in appearance with porcelain handle and inlaid ruler incorporated into the base.  The decals are very good but the varnish has discoloured.  The back plate runs the full length and is held on by 2 screws.


    Faudels:  Serial No. 659437.
Imported and badged by Faudels of London who purchased sewing machines from various German manufacturers.  The machine itself has seen happier times.  It has been dropped at some stage, but we rescued it for the beauty of the Peacock decal and Mother of Pearl inlay to the centre bed.  There is a feeling of quality about this machine.

Thank you to Graham Forsdyke for information regarding this machine.

original victoria

    Original Victoria:  Serial No. 366463.
Made by Mundlos & Co., Magdeburg.  The firm was formed by Heinrich Mundlos and Hermann Schulz in 1863 and it closed in 1962.
From its style we would think this machine dates to the 1920's.  Judging by the different languages on the needle plate it was marketed in Germany, France and Great Britain.  The centre decal is of a schooner at sea, but this is over another decal (probably of flowers).  The attachment compartment has an unusual "roll top" cover.

 Champion of England

     Mundlos 'The Champion of England'
Made for the American Sewing Machine Company, London which was founded by E. Todd in 1863 who originally imported American made treadle heads and sold them with a British made base as hand cranks.  In this case we are certain the machine was made by Mundlos & Co, it even has the "roll top" cover with pin cushion to the attachment compartment.  The manufacturers Serial Number 161406 is on the bed of the machine behind the pillar, a second Serial Number 556539 appears on the rear slide plate along with the details of the importing company. Champion of England

The centre decal shows St. George on horse back slaying a dragon with a lance. The seven stars beneath were the A.S.M.C.'s Trade Mark

Thank you to Graham Forsdyke for valued information.

Pfaff 11

    Pfaff 11:  Serial No. 1816130.
This attractive machine was donated to our collection and came complete with original accessory tin. It is in excellent condition and dates to 1921. The accessory compartment cover swivils and has a pin cushion. The small plastic plate next to it reads Greenaway's, 5 New Inn, Hall Street, Oxford.

Georg Michael Pfaff started producing sewing machines in 1862 in Kaiserlauten, the firm was sucessful gradually increasing production and by 1890 about 500 machines a week were bring produced. A new factory was built around 1900 and by 1910 the firm had produced 1 million machines. In 1926 Pfaff became a Limited Company. After the Second World War the Company continued to expand taking over Gritzner-Kayser in 1957.

colliercollier bed

    Collier No.3:  Serial No. 2164481.
This machine was made for J.Collier and Sons 134 to 142 Clapham Road, London, possibly by Gritzner.  When we first saw this machine it was in a locked case which had been exposed to the weather and was in a tragic condition, yet when opened it revealed what we can only describe as the most beautiful machine we've saved (so far!).  It has tiny Mother of Pearl stars every half inch around the bed, with a gold dot pattern and blue and red flowers in scroll to the corners, this delicate pattern is however suppassed by a wonderful bouquet of Mother of Pearl roses in the centre bed.

gritznergritzner bed

    Gritzner:  Serial No. 1819892.
A transverse shuttle machine but unusually it has a geared handcrank with no guards or provision for guards.  The base has a notch cut into the frame of the accessory compartment to take the crank.  The decals are largely intact and quite beautiful, incorporating Mother of Pearl flowers.

Established in 1872 by M. Gritzner the Company became incorporated in 1886.  By 1902 Gritzner had produced a million machines and was Germanys largest sewing machine manufacturer.  Production increased rapidly and by 1910 2 million machines had been produced.  In 1897 the Company started making bicycles and then motorcycles in 1903.  The Company took over Frister and Rossmann in 1925, merged with Kayser in 1931 and was finally taken over by Pfaff in 1957.


    Gamages:  Serial No. 283597.
Probably made in Germany c1935 and badged for Gamages which was a large London Department store.
The machine is half size with recessed crank and uses a boat shuttle.  The decals are in good condition with "Gamages" on the side of the arm and "Foreign" on the top.
It came with a wooden case covered with leatherette(?).  The front drops down to reveal the machine, which slides out and there's a small drawer in the top left of the case.
The manual is entitled "The Hand Sewing Machine Class 1 (Long Shuttle System)" and refers to needle No 705.  It has photos in the instructions instead of line drawings.

 muller 11

    Muller 10
Our only toy machine given to Lin as a child by her Godmother.  It has its original box, which is very tatty, instructions and clamp.

These toy machines were produced by F. W. Muller in Kreuzberg, Berlin.  The firm operated from about 1888 to 1978. This model probably dates to the late 1930's.

A copy MANUAL is available

superbsuperb back view

    Wertheim Superba: Serial No.S6850845.
This has been identified as being made by the German maker Wertheim and it probably dates to 1900/1906.  A much abused machine which was once extremely pretty.  We've bought it simply as a test bed for cleaning products.  Perhaps a sad end for a once glorious machine but worth it if it saves us from making a costly mistake on a finer machine.  The machine has a couple of unusual features.  Firstly the hinges are formed by lugs cast with the base and the guard for the crank mechanism is much shorter and more rounded than is normally found.

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