Frister and Rossman Sewing Machinec. 1872
1872 Singer model 12-type, Frister and Rossman Sewing Machine.
Frister & Rossmann was established in 1864 close to Berlin. In the 1880's the Company was awarded Medals at various International Exhibitions including Sydney, Crystal Palace, Amsterdam , London, Edinburgh, Adalaide, Melbourne, and Berlin.
Frister & Rossmann became Germany's largest sewing machine manufacturer a position it held until 1902. In 1925 the Company was taken over by Gritzner who continued to produce machines under the Frister and Rossmann name.
The Company started exporting sewing machines to England circa 1870 appointing an Agent in London to act as Wholesaler. However it wasn't until Hermann Loog took over the Agency from I. Nasch in 1876 that sales started to improve. Loog remained the Company's Agent until c1890, he was replaced by S. Loewe By Nov 1890 to c1898, followed by W. Pierssene c1899 to 1914 and finally O. Quitmann c1920 onwards. In addition to these Agents Frister and Rossmann sewing machines were also sold by "leading Drapers and Stores", one such store was Harrods.
Serial No. 500667 26866
Frister & Rossmans
28 London Walk
The address should infact read 128 London Wall but the '1' has been obliterated by the pin fixing the badge in place.
On the spoon of the bobbin winder it has the letters DRP followed by a Serial No. 12784