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Shakespear machines were produced by the Royal Sewing Machine Company, a joint venture between Thomas Shakespear and George Ilston, which was founded in 1868 in Smallheath, Birmingham.
Early models such as this can be distinguished by the heavy cast-iron base. Later machines had a wooden base.
Given that this machine must date from the 1870s, it’s in truly remarkable condition – please check out the gold design. And, of course, it’s complete with its shuttle, bobbin, etc.
More about the Royal Company can be found here: https://tinyurl.com/y6vuu77h
And I found a fascinating insight into the family history behind the machine here:
https://tinyurl.com/yar6wxc9

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