Hand operated sewing machine with wooden case. Black machine, gold transfer around the edge of the base plate and a small motif, in gold, to the centre. Engraved decorative plates on the front and left hand side of the machine. There is a small compartment to the right containing needle, a spare foot and assorted accessories. Case locks with key.
CH classification TEXTILE MACHINERY Sewing Machines harris
W.J. Harris & Co Ltd (estab. 1870s, closed 1960s)
Sewing machine -L 492 x W 259 x H 265mm
Case - L460 x W 239 x H 261mm
HARRIS No 9
THE HARRIS / H / W.J. Harris & Co London
W.J. HARRIS & Co LTD / LONDON / MANUFACTURERS / MADE IN GERMANY
[S]ERVICED BY / FISHER & CO. / SEWING MACHINE EXPERTS / [?]0 LUTWYCHE ROAD / [BRIS]BANE PHONE 57-6534
History and use
This decorative sewing machine, produced by W.J. Harris and Co. Ltd was probably manufactured in Germany. The hand-cranked Harris No. 9 has elaborate inlaid decoration and an inlaid wooden ruler on the base.
This particular machine was purchased in Britain and brought to Australia before the Second World War.
Uploaded to the Web 27 May 2011.