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Although the Wilson Buckeye isn’t the rarest of machines in its normal form, this is the only model I’ve seen with this ornate cast-iron base – obviously original to the machine itself.
Wilson began manufacturing in Ohio in 1867 and I’m guessing that this machine will date from about five to 10 years later. For more about Wilson, please check here: https://tinyurl.com/y7eac4nq
There is a photograph of a similar machine in Grace Rogers Cooper’s definitive history of the sewing machine here: https://tinyurl.com/ydcxzpl7
From that link scroll through page 81 figure 77. She states that Buckeye machines were discontinued in the 1870s.
I did find a picture of the basic machine without the special base here: https://tinyurl.com/yb449dda
It’s a lock-stitch model and is complete with its shuttle and, of course, everything is original and in fine order.
This machine was discovered in an up-state-New York flea market over 35 years ago

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