It's been about two months, but I finally found time to get out to my parents' house and get the treadle base for the Davis Advance. Welcome home, old girl!
It looks pretty good for 118 years old. It was manufactured around 1896.
I love the tray with the little holes where the bobbins go...or they would, if I had more than just one bobbin...
The finish on the top of the cabinet is in rough shape, but the finish on the sides and back is still beautiful. And I like the design of the irons better than Singer irons.
This is the bracket that holds up the little table on the side of the cabinet. Even this bracket is pretty. Everything about these old machines is just beautiful.
The front plate isn't as pretty as my Singers, but I kind of like its simplicity.
The decals are pretty worn on the front, but on the back you can get a better idea of what they looked like. I bet they were beautiful on the day they were made, and again, they're in pretty good shape for 118 years old. Nothing else that I own will be in this shape in 118 years.
It's my only coffin top machine. I wonder what was set on top of it to make that weird grid shape in the finish.
I need to order a belt and some needles (it takes extra-long industrial needles, not regular domestic needles). I can't wait to start using it regularly.
Of course, that brings my herd census up to:
Three treadle machines
Two hand crank machines
One electric machine
Three machines that are missing parts or are just homeless machine heads
I have four other machine heads that I listed for sale on Craigslist. It kind of hurts, but really, I need the space for machines that are at least close to functioning...not to mention fabric and all of my other hobby stuff. Hopefully they'll find a good home, and not someone who will turn them into lamps or tractors.