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H7265 Sewing machine, Seidel and Naumann with lid, key and box of attachments (17), adapted treadle machine, metal / wood / cardboard, made in Germany, imported and rebadged by Wertheim, used in Australia, c.1889. Click to enlarge.

Sewing machine, Seidel and Naumann with lid, key and box of attachments (17), adapted treadle machine, metal / wood / cardboard, made in Germany, imported and rebadged by Wertheim, used in Australia, c.1889

Made in Germany, Europe, c 1875.

Sewing machines were a transforming technology in nineteenth century Australia, revolutionising the clothing and textile industries and changing the nature of women’s work in the home. Women quickly saw in sewing machines a means of reducing the drudgery involved in manufacturing their households’ clothing and textiles. As Rachel Suttor wrote to her sister from Balmain, Sydney, in 1861: ‘Sewing machines are very general, they are a grand invention. I shall never be contented to “stitch, stitch, ...

Summary

Object No.

H7265

Object Statement

Sewing machine, Seidel and Naumann with lid, key and box of attachments (17), adapted treadle machine, metal / wood / cardboard, made in Germany, imported and rebadged by Wertheim, used in Australia, c.1889

Physical Description

sewing machine, c.1889. Made in Germany. Used as a treadle machine until 1898, when it was converted to a hand machine. Set on a wooden base 21" x 10 1/2", with an inlaid wooden cover. Also a cardboard box containing a full set of extra appliances and a book of instructions

Production

Notes

There is very little information avaliable about this German manufacturer who also made knitting machines. Traces of a Wertheim transfer have been found on a machine which also bears the name Superba 'D'.

Veteran Sewing Machines- A Collectors Guide, F. Brian Jewell, David and Charles Limited, Canada, 1975, p.131

Made

Germany, Europe c 1875

Source

Credit Line

Gift of R Beale, 1963

Acquisition Date

7 June 1963

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Sewing machine, Seidel and Naumann with lid, key and box of attachments (17), adapted treadle machine, metal / wood / cardboard, made in Germany, imported and rebadged by Wertheim, used in Australia, c.1889 2019, Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences, accessed 20 October 2019, <https://ma.as/247973>

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