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WERTHEIM SEWING MACHINE WITH COVER

c. 1900
Subcollections
Overview

Wertheim sewing machine with cover
a) Sewing machine with wooden base, metal plate & foot. Turn wheel with porcelain handle. The bobbin holder is gold with a lid.
b) Cover is made of wood and has a pattern on the top, has a metal strap on top with the name Wertheum on the side. There is a key hole on the left side to metal fitting on the right
c) The key is metal & has slightly corroded. It is on a thin string & attached to wooden cover.

Details

Details

Registration number
cwa-org-37-2001.259a-c
Item type
Material
Width
27.5000 cm
Height or length
52 cm
Depth
24 cm
Inscriptions and markings

Wertheim
Also worn decal on top of machine with letters remaining ..RIFF.. (Original name believed to be GRIFFON, a model patented around 1900)

Contextual Information

"Hugo Wertheim (1854-1919) German born merchant and manufacturer, came to Australia as an agent for the Wertheim Sewing Machine Company, arriving in Melbourne in October 1875.
He began advertising from premises at 39 Flinders Lane East as an agent for Wertheim Sewing Machines, he also established a substantial business, selling sewing machines, bicycles, pianos and other mechanical devices, under brands such as Wertheim, Electra, Planet, Griffin and Hapsburg.
In 1903 he opened new retail premises at 294-296 Burke Street and 175 Chapel Street Prahran with head offices at 171-173 William Street, Melbourne" http://adb.anu.edu.au/biography/wertheim-hugo-13244.

Year
c. 1900
Primary significance criteria
Historic significance
Shire of Toodyay

Shire of Toodyay

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