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The machine was from the home of Dr. Samuel W. Close (1821-1889), at the corner of Church and Grove. It's estimated that it might have been purchased around 1880.

My sewing machine was manufactured by Wheeler & Wilson Manufacturing Company. Its wooden case (26 x 20.5") is almost as highly prized as the machine.

The case has an iron standard, hinged cover, two small drawers for threads and other items. The pedals and footpress are foot-shaped. The patent #768642 was first taken November 12, 1850 and renewed in 1851 and 1854.

seamstress

cover Wheeler & Wilson Sewing Machine's Manual
go Read about Dr. Close from "History of the North Country."