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Rare Antique Atlas Fiddlebase Sewing Machine Transverse Shuttle with Accessories

Rare Antique Atlas Fiddlebase Sewing Machine Transverse Shuttle with Accessories
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  • Type: Mechanical
  • Country/Region of Manufacture: United Kingdom

This Atlas Fiddlebase Transverse Shuttle Hand Crank Sewing Machine is a rare find.

The Atlas Sewing Machine Company operated from 182 High Street Camden Town in London from the late 1800's to the early 1900's.

This particular machine Serial Number 331416 is thought to date back to around 1900.

The machine is excellent condition and comes in a beautiful case with inlaid marquetry. The case is lockable and come scomplete with key.

The fiddlebase shaped body has a porcelain crank handle and is set in a wood base which has a measure inlaid.

The decalling is in extremely good condition for its age (see images above) and the central floral motif has lovely mother of pearl inlays.

Accessories include several presser feet including hemming and buttonhole feet and a seam guide with screw. There is a boat shuttle and spool. It should be noted that these accessories are valuable items when sold separately.   

The machine is in good mechanical order, turns over smoothly and quietly with little effort but has not been tested for sewing. Its condition is such that it is considered to be a collectors item for preservation.

Little is known of the Atlas Sewing Machine Company although it is thought that the Company imported machines and badged them for local sale, however there is some suggestion that they may have actually manufactured some of the machines themselves. One of the images above shows a throat plate with the Atlas name engraved in it.

As ever, Alex Askeroff's Sewalot site provides an excellent background to rare and unusual machines, so a potential buyer is recommended to have a look at Alex's article on the Atlas Company.

The machine will packed carefully by an experienced packer.

Shipping costs shown are to UK Mainland excluding Highlands, Islands and Northern Ireland. Potenetial purchasers from these locations should enquire first as to specific costs prior to commitment to purchase as costs may be slightly higher.

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