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Back in the 1860s, when patenting a new design in the USA, the inventor was required to provide a model or an example of the actual item to the Patent Office.
Here we have the actual patent model supplied to the Patent Office by McLean & Hooper back on March 30, 1869. Machine was later named the Centennial to coincide with America’s 1876 Centennial year.
When the patent models were disposed of, the Smithsonian Institution grabbed most of the sewing machines, but this is one that got away and finished up being sold by collector/dealer Cliff Petersen in the 1980s.
The big, big bonus with the machine is that we have the actual patent model label that adorned it when it was accepted by the Patent Office.
When the machine arrived the rather intricate and delicate needle bar drive plate was shattered – see the picture above.
I had Graham Forsdyke make a reproduction to fit on the machine so that it could be operated. The original broken parts will be supplied with it. You just have to keep historic items together.
For more on the Company and the machine, I’ve found one link within Grace Rogers Cooper’s book (page 81) The sewing machine: its invention and development, check here:  https://tinyurl.com/y75x5z6n

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Mclean & Hooper Centenial Patent Model