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Royal Lifeboat

Here’s a real oddity and, as far as I know, the only known survivor. It’s a Lifeboat sold by the Atlas Sewing Machine Company in London, but experienced collectors will recognise the ancestry.
It’s clearly a modified Challenge machine made by the Royal Sewing Machine Company with different decals, a plain faceplate and a magnificently decorated, painted, stitch plate.
I can only imagine that the Atlas Company ordered a large enough number of machines from the Royal Company to have them make these modifications and to allow Atlas to sell the model as its own. That theory rather falls down as this is the sole survivor.
Take your pick on the history, but certainly a fascinating machine and totally and all original, of course.
And I found a fascinating insight into the family history behind the machine here:

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