I have a liking for Willcox and Gibbs chain stitch machines - beautiful, useful, and cute.. And, like buses, they come along in bunches.. This week's intake
Treadle number 1 - a most beautiful beastie, with a convoluted and pretty iron base. It's tiny, and surprisingly heavy
Side of the irons
And the plate - it has a wooden pitman and a really nice little concealed drawer in the top for the tools. It came to me from a local contact
Number 2 has a much lighter and more elegant set of irons, and a rather crude single-layer top.
This one I collected (from a top-floor flat!) in Bedford, and for all it is lighter, not a heck of a lot lighter by landing number 3. It came with a most curious thing - a Guhl and Harbeck with a Willcox and Gibbs hand crank (loosely) attached - I think this may be a Straw Hat machine. No foot, but my box of Odds has provided a good candidate..
And then, this little beauty, yesterday
With a box, tools
and more. Fettling time!
All three will be for sale, pretty soon