1845 - Elias Howe 'Trial' Sewing Machine Model

1845 - Elias Howe 'Trial' Sewing Machine Model

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This uncompleted brass model of Elias Howe's first sewing machine is believed to be a trial model abandoned by Howe in about 1845. It is one of six different trial models given to John Ames by Sarah FIsher (Mrs. Austin C. Wellington), daughter of George Fisher, original partner of Elias Howe.
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Object Name
Sewing Machine
sewing machine
Date made
Howe, Jr., Elias
overall: 11 in x 9 in x 6 in; 27.94 cm x 22.86 cm x 15.24 cm
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Cultural and Community Life: Textiles
Sewing Machines
Data Source
National Museum of American History
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