London, South Kensington
30 October 2002
A Foliage chain-stitch sewing machine
by D.W.Clark, cast in brass with foliate fixed and moving arms, rectangular base with egg-and-dart border, numbered 654, the hook and cloth feed operated by an adjustable steel arm pivoting in two planes, controlled by a cam and two pins on the crankshaft -- 6in. (15cm.) wide, circa 1859
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Grace Rogers Cooper (1975): The Sewing Machine..., Smithsonian Institution Press, second edition, Page 49.
Carter Bays (1993): The Encyclopaedia of Early American Sewing Machines, Columbia, Sc., Page 81.
A similar Foliage sewing machine was sold in Mechanical Music and Technical Apparatus, 17. December 1998, lot 172.
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