Dating vintage sewing machine


The following April 17, Singer was given an educational order of 500 units with serial numbers S800001 – S800500.The educational order was a program set up by the US Ordnance Board to teach companies without gun-making experience to manufacture weapons.Source: In 1867 the Singer Company decided that the demand for their sewing machines in the UK was sufficiently high to open a local factory in Glasgow on John Street.Glasgow was selected for its iron making industries, cheap labour and possibly because at the time the General Manager of the US Singer Manufacturing Company was George Mc Kenzie, who was of Scottish descent.In the First World War, sewing machine production gave way to munitions.The Singer Clydebank factory received over 5000 government contracts, and made 303 million artillery shells, shell components, fuses, and aeroplane parts, as well as grenades, rifle parts, and 361,000 horseshoes.Demand for sewing machines outstripped production at the new plant and by 1873 a new larger factory was completed on James Street, Bridgeton.

Isaac Merritt Singer, strolling player, theater manager, inventor, and millionaire, brought into the business a new machine and novel methods of exploitation, which gave a powerful impulse to the youthful industry.Between 19 the Clydebank factory underwent a £4 million modernization program which saw the Clydebank factory cease the production of cast iron machines and focus on the production of aluminium machines for western markets.As part of this modernisation programme the famous Singer Clock was demolished in 1963.Approximately 1.75 million 1911A1's were produced during World War II, making original Singer pistols rare and collectable.In excellent condition, they can sell for ,000 to ,000 with the highest paid 6,750 at auction in 2010, conducted by Rock Island Auction Company.Singer Corporation is an American manufacturer of sewing machines, first established as I. Best known for its sewing machines, it was renamed Singer Manufacturing Company in 1865, then The Singer Company in 1963.

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