1876 - Sewing Machine; McLean and Hooper

1876 - Sewing Machine; McLean and Hooper

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McLean and Hooper sewing machine. Cast iron head, front side has a brass medallion: "McLEAN & HOOPER / PATENTED, / MAR. 30. 1869. / AUG. 2. 1870. / SEWING MACHINE", the opposite side has a cast head of a man. The machine sews a two-thread chainstitch. [The later machines would have a brass medallion with "Centennial Sewing Machine" and the same patent dates. The McLean & Hooper name changed to take advantage of the 1876 Centennial celebration.] The round throat plate is stamped 1876. A brass tag stamped 88 is attached to the machine - that number is tied into an old Singer (i.e., donor) numbering system (unknown details). Gold paint highlights the design. (Neg#s 85-14719, 85-14720) [See Centennial sewing machine T.12225 (Neg# 48216-T) serial number 3399 on same place as 1876.]
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Object Name
Sewing Machine
overall: 12 1/2 in x 4 1/2 in x 8 in; 31.75 cm x 11.43 cm x 20.32 cm
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Credit Line
Gift of Singer Company
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Sewing Machines
Data Source
National Museum of American History
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