Creation Date: 1925
Catalog ID: 2015.71.2
Family rotary sewing machine by White Sewing Machine Company, 1925. Sn # FR 316 9404. Parts include: a) machine; b) instruction book; c) certificate; d-f) bobbin cases; g) box of attachments. Machine has brown oak wood cabinet, rectangular with pair of drawers on either side, extension that is hinged at top and held in place with a wire that is mounted on the back. As extension is pulled up, the machine is raised into place. When it is pulled down, the machine is lowered into place a panel extends down front to hide the machine. Around indented pull areas of drawers is raised design making a rectangle with extended edges. Wrought iron base has double middle support that has at the center a small diamond form where two pieces meet. Tear shaped forms are set on the sides between the front and back legs. Treadle mounted on support at bottom. The machine has a black japanned finish. Numerous decals in gold are affixed to front, sides, on face plate, and on bed. They have a floral design which has green and dark gold color in it. Printed in gold letters on front of arm: White Rotary / U.S.A. Series of patent dates extending from 1900 to 1913 are stamped on the feed plate. Machine folds into compartment in case.
The instruction book (6" x 3 3/8") has a tan paper front cover and 32 pages, with instructions and photos of machine. The certificate (7 1/8" x 8 1/4") is printed on one side of an off white sheet of paper. The certificate has a wide orange border and is stamp dated Sep. 21 1925.
The three bobbin cases (1" x .313") are made of silver tone metal. No marks.
The rectangular box of attachments is made of metal with black japanned finish on exterior and purple paper lining with gold print on interior and has a hinged lid. It is for Greist attachments. Printed in gold lettering on center top of lid: Rotary. A curlicue border is around lid edge. Box contains 16 attachments, one needle and a screw. Many pieces have the name "Greist" stamped on them, along with the patent note or the name of the attachment. A long metal support is attached inside the lid to hold pieces. A shorter one is attached at the back of the case to hold pieces.