1888 - White Sewing Machine Co.; Sewing machine in desk cabinet


This treadle sewing machine was designed to be efficient by combining the functions of sewing and writing. It works as an attractive piece of furniture when closed; with one leaf down, it turns into a slant-front desk; and with all the panels open, a treadle sewing machine. The White Sewing Machine Company of Cleveland, Ohio, manufactured this sewing machine contained in the cabinet in 1888. The handsome hardwood cabinet was built by the Kundtz Manufacturing Company, also located in Cleveland. Besides the sewing machine cabinets, Kundtz also produced school desks and church furniture.

Mrs. John Sands of St. Louis, Missouri, purchased this White Sewing Machine on December 27, 1888. The receipt notes that she traded in her old machine and received ten dollars toward the purchase of the new sewing machine. In total, the machine cost ninety dollars and she paid for it on an installment plan until it was paid in full.

S.I. Photograph Negative Numbers:

With sewing machine: 73-2654

As desk: 73-2653

Date Made: 1888

Maker: White Sewing Machine Co.

Location: Currently not on view

Place Made: United States: Ohio, Cleveland

See more items in: Home and Community Life: Textiles, Sewing Machines


Exhibition Location:

Credit Line: Gift of Miss Laura A. Sands

Data Source: National Museum of American History

Id Number: TE.T16402.000Accession Number: 304807Catalog Number: T16402.000

Object Name: Sewing Machine

Physical Description: metal; wood (overall material)metal (sewing machine material)wood (cabinet material)metal (treadle material)

Guid: http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ng49ca746ab-d1dc-704b-e053-15f76fa0b4fa

Record Id: nmah_1068055

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