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Graham Forsdyke, chairman of ISMACS, the International Sewing Machine Collectors’ Society, always maintained that he’d never seen a condition 10 machine. But he did admit that one particular Jones machine in my collection got pretty close. In fact, it features on the ISMACS website with a heading: Almost a 10. https://tinyurl.com/y74w9tjs
Although the fiddle-based Jones is one of the commonest vintage machines to be found in the UK and forms the start of many a collection, including my own, I will bore you a little with some detail on this one.
My very first sewing machine, given as a Christmas present almost 50 years ago, was this Jones, safely ensconced in a glass showcase which the Company had obviously provided as a show piece for shop windows back in Victorian times.
The owner of the shop maintained that it was in the cellar when he took the business over many years before and, after cleaning off the dust and lifting off the cover, I certainly believe that it had been untouched in all that time.
I acquired the original Jones box at a later period but felt that its condition matched the machine and the two should live together.
Jones, of course, was one of the pioneers of the British sewing machine industry and had the largest English factory at Guide Bridge, near Manchester. This was taken over by Brother in the 1980s and, sadly, the Company records were destroyed at the time.
To read more about Jones, please check here: https://tinyurl.com/y9pgpqk7

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