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A really early example of the first model Holmes-made Ariel machine produced in Manchester in the 1870s.
The oddball machine uses a system of levers to operate the needle from a main shaft running above the frame. Can’t think I’ve seen this on any other machine.
Machine sits inside its original box. Sadly, its lid has gone walkabout over the past 150 years.
Note the super driving wheel with the name Ariel forming the spokes.
Machine itself is totally complete with its shuttle and bobbin.
Richard Stephenson, a member of the International Sewing Machine Collectors’ Society (ISMACS), found a later version and researched the maker. A copy of the article is reproduced here: https://tinyurl.com/ybxlze7p

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