Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Wonderful Surprise arrived in my mailbox a Singer Puzzle box

Yesterday was a wet, snowy day, but I had to leave the house early. I was gone most of the day and when I got home in late afternoon and checked the mail box I found a package with my name on it with a return address with no name from Boynton Beach, Florida. I couldn't imagine who was sending me something.
As soon as I got my coat off and fed the cats I opened the package. My mouth dropped open. I was stunned with what I found inside. My rubber stamping friend, Maryann Palestine wrote a note that they had sold their house in New Bedford and inside a drawer of an old treadle sewing machine table that she had she found some items that she thought I might like. I don't just like, I LOVE what she sent to me. What a wonderful treasure to receive.
Maryann had the cabinet of an old Singer treadle that didn't have the machine that she used as a small decorative table. Maryann had never checked the drawers. Since they were moving the Singer treadle cabinet was sold, but before it went, Maryann looked in the drawers and found the documents and puzzle box from the original sewing machine owner in New Bedford who hadn't lived far from Maryann and Sam's house. The original owner a Mrs. John J. Cunningham leased the Singer until it was paid for. The rent/lease was signed on March 30, 1893. The coupon payments of $3.00 were due on the 30th of each month. The value of the machine at the time of the lease was $60.00. If the machine was paid off in 6 months there was a coupon for a $3.00 rebate. What awesome documents to find when the machine head was no longer in the sewing cabinet.
VS Singer sewing machine back of 1893 lease paper  Maryann front of open rent/lease agreement
VS Singer sewing machine back of 1893 lease paper front  Maryann   front of trifold lease agreement
VS Singer sewing machine 3 dollar payment coupons2  Maryann    monthly coupon payments
VS Singer sewing machine 2 front of puzzle box from Maryann front of oak puzzle box of attachments
VS Singer wooden box top with attachments from Maryann top of vintage Singer wooden Oak puzzle box filled with attachments for a 1893 Vibrating Shuttle sewing machine. The wooden box is in mint condition and has almost all of the attachments. Top of lid has stamped into the wood Patented 1889. Every machine was sold with one of these boxes filled with attachments.
VS Singer wooden box open with attachments from Maryannopen box with velvet lining
VS Singer wooden box end with attachments from Maryannside of the puzzle box
VS Singer VS 2 manual of attachment page from Maryann
VS Singer VS 2 manual of attachment page2 from Maryanndiagram in manual with attachments
VS Singer sewing machine 2 manual attachments cover 8Maryannbooklet
VS Singer sewing machine 2 first page instruction booklet  Maryann
 VS Singer VS Singer instruction manual front cover from Maryann   VS Singer VS Singer instruction manual back cover from Maryann
VS Singer VS Singer instruction manual front front cover from Maryannmanual for the VS No.2 Coffin top Singer Sewing Machine
VS Singer sewing machine 2 Egyptian decal  Maryann what the machine looked like with Egyptian decals.
VS Singer sewing machine 2 treadle belt treadle belt sold for $1.oo whenever this was last bought and a little booklet that had nothing to do with sewing but was also found in the sewing machine drawers
  VS Singer sewing machine 2 sm bag of attachments  Maryann I don't know what machine this belong to because they are newer but were also included in the package because they had been in one of the cabinet drawers along with everything else.
Now, I'd love to find this model Singer treadle in a cabinet. I can't thank Maryann enough for thinking of me. I still can't believe what a great mail day I had.

1 comment:

Joanne Huffman said...

What a perfect present for you!