AVERY SEWING MACHINE COMPANY
New York City
Otis Avery was born in Bridgewater, New York, on August 19, 1808. He learned the watchmaker’s trade from his father John, a silversmith and watchmaker. Otis opened a watch repair shop in Bethany, Pennsylvania, in 1827.
The catalogue for the 1853 New York Exhibition noted that three sewing machines were exhibited by the Avery Sewing Machine Company of New York City. Each machine was adapted for sewing different materials, such as wool, muslin, linen and leathers.
In 1887 the Alford & Berkle Co. purchased the Avery Sewing Machine Co. and an agency was organized. Mr Alford Alonzo, president of the company, six years later sold his interest.