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Several years ago, we had the opportunity to spend time in Prince Rupert, close to the Alaskan Panhandle. The old house we got came furnished…and then some. We found a few treasures as we cleaned things out. There were a few surprises along the way, too. This is one (no, two) of them – wonderful surprises that fit perfectly into a country home.
This “stereo stand” came with the house. Graham had his eye on the stereo. Between the equipment we had brought and the speakers and equipment here, he could build a surround sound system. Me? I was eyeing that table the stereo was sitting on. One evening, he started moving the stereo equipment over to put in the TV stand and start hooking everything up.
I still had my eye on that stand. Without saying anything, I willed him to hurry up and get that stuff off the top. Once he did, we opened up the stereo stand.
Turns out it wasn’t a stereo table at all. It was an antique Singer Sewing Machine. There were even 4 pages of a manual (out of at least 58 pages) that give a description. It is a Singer Machine 15 – 91.
You know it has to be really old, because the manual specifically states “It is especially designed for operation by electricity, having an electric motor built on the back of its arm.” It goes on to say that the user needs to “obtain the following information from the Electric Light Company which supplies the electric current for the circuit to which the motor is to be connected….”
Doing some research, I found out that this model was built by Singer from the early 1930’s to the mid 1950’s. I am thinking that this one must be one of the very early ones, because of the paragraph above that I had found in the manual.
This second treadle sewing machine was sitting in the enclosed front porch. So, not only do we have one antique Singer sewing machine, we have two! We ended up using these machines as bedside tables and love the way they look. They fit perfectly in a country house!