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In the 1870s when Nussey & Pilling, the Leeds engineering company, decided to get into the sewing-machine business it went about it a little differently than its opposition.
The Company decided on a policy of not employing agents but to sell simply from its Leeds office and a London headquarters.
It also adopted the “American system”, with parts built to a high precision so that they could be individually exchangeable, making the supply of spare parts easier and more reliable.
A fascinating history of the Company to be found here: https://tinyurl.com/ydb4j98x
I believe this machine to be unique, possibly produced for a trade show – certainly I’ve seen nothing else like it in more than 40 years of collecting. The stitch plate is a bronze casting – highly expensive – and obviously purely for effect.
The same obviously goes for the ornate cast-iron figural base, the only time that the Company went in for such ornamentation.
The machine is complete, of course, and will date from the early 1870s


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