Item Description: Up for auction is antique National Cast Iron Treadle sewing machine! This item is extremely rare - coming complete with the entire treadle assembly!
The head is in great shape - entirely functional as you can see from some video i have : VIDEO . The machine is missing the shuttle (i think) but as far as i can tell that is all. The paint is in good shape as is the polished nickle parts. The decals are faded off although you can make out some faintly. You can see an example of the physical condition in the many many pictures. The sewing action is nice and smooth, the wheel on the head spins freely and all movement is unhindered. The foot lowers properly with the release lever and it's truly amazing to watch this machine move!
The Desk & Treadle
I believe the Govenor style desk is made of Oak, in good shape considering the age - somew around 1870's. I think this is the original treadle unit to go with the head - indicated with the hold specifically designed for the wing bolt that holds the head to the unique folding top. It is a 5 drawer desk - 4 pullouts - 2 on each side and a flip out drawer on the top front. The wood in in nice shape for the most part. The top is great - again considering the age of the piece. If this could talk i bet some amazing stories would be told! The drawers are in good shape. 3 of the 4 are in good shape - they do have some slight splitting as you can see from the pictures. It looks like they were assembled originally from multiple pieces to form a bentwood look. T are some spots on the front pullout notches w the detail has come loose, but most of these pieces have been saved and could be repaired. T is a 4th drawer that has 2 pieces that have come out - only 1 of which i have. No repair has been attempted as this would be best left to a professional. is some additional video of the lift/lowering mechanism in action. It's really something to see!!! The legs of the treadle are heavy cast iron and in good shape. The paint is in pretty good condition as you can see from the pictures! The machine could definately use a new treadle belt.
T are a number of accessories that make this item even more unique and rare. I've seen many of these items alone fetch some amazing prices - but they are, included in this awesome auction! 3 packages of Boyds sewing needles! - these come in the original wooden containers! Sizes 20 1/2, 8, and another 20 1/2 A pack of CROWLEY'S Assorted Needles sizes 30-80 according to the wooden needle container. All 4 of these needle containers are very cool! I can't make the date out on the needle containers, the ink is slightly faded or has bled a bit. T's also a small glass bottle with several more needles! 2 Flathead screwdrivers or flathead tools. They look like cold forged flathead tools, with old wooden handles - very unique as well. Truly gems! A pair of late 1800 plyers. Again, another antique item that is coming with the machine. All these accessories were included with the machine when it was acquired. A set of 4 cabinet keys. It looks like these are the keys to the drawers. They come on an antique keyring as well!!! T are 3 Eldridge hemmers that attach to the machine. 2 are short and a longer one that says it's for silk and flannel. T is also a G & W gatr in the auction Other misc. items and a chocker made of tiny shells - dated in the early 1900's. All these items fit nicely in the ORIGINAL Automatic Sewing Machine accessory box!!!!!!
The item is heavy and will be packer with the utmost care and insured for the ending sale price at no extra cost to you, the winning bidder. Local pickup is free. If you'd like more information or pictures, please don't hesitate to ask!
Shipping Information: Shipping is a flat rate of $65.00 in the lower 48 states. The shipping cost is much lower than what it will actually cost and this also includes insurance for the item at the selling price. Internati...