(A Happy Chance Find)
L.O. Dietrich Vesta
|Pretty machine with porcelain handle|
I found this amazing old sewing machine in our loft. We have lived in our house for twenty years and have a huge l-shaped loft one part of which is/has been a playroom and the other a walk-in mystery of old furniture, photographs and children's toys and instruments and other paraphanalia we have been too busy (too lazy) to deal with. The machine has sat sadly in its case for such a long time that we are all unaware from where it came from. Mr Whizz Kid thinks it may have belonged to either his Mother or Grandmother but I think it was probably left by the previous owner along with some old very large furniture still there and too cumbersome to move.
|Complete with case|
Well whatever its origin it is quite an interesting old machine that is complete with funny long bobbins, shuttles and even dressmakers pins. The handle is made of porcelain and in perfect condition and it is in perfect running order. All the extra feet and needles are in the case and it even still has its old original lock... and key!!!
Upon a little research I have discovered that the machine was produced between 1904 and 1920 in Germany and was a clone copy of the Singer machines around at the time. They were apparently little used as cheaper clothing and fashions had just started to become available and was preferred by many to the homemade variety used until then.
I must add that both Mr Whizz Kids extremely elegant and sophisticated Mother and Grandmother would never have been seen in handmade and neither appeared to have any inclination towards anything remotely concerned with crafts of any kind so I doubt that they were the original owners. So ... a lucky chance find ... or serendipity!
The above post made me think of an amusing incident last week. A friend and I were in a small independent bookshop in Richmond Upon Thames and could not find the Arts or Crafts sections - we asked the owner where we could find them and his haughty reply was ...
"We do not have any art or craft or DIY books. People in Richmond are rich and are busy making money - they are not interested in making things!!!"
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