Earle Harry Smith

In the year 1854 he ( I presume Mr. Smith ) exhibited to the editors of this journal a shuttle machine with his new combination of movements, the needle being worked as it never had been before in such a machine, viz., by a true eccentric, imparting an easy and continuous motion; while the shuttle, driven by a crank pin, also had a continuous and uninterrupted movement ,a combination altogether unlike any sewing machine then known while the whole construction was exceeding  novel an very simple. This, we believe, was the first shuttle sewing machine ever made having continuous or crank motions. Since then Mr. Smith has obtained, in all, eight patents for improvements looking to the perfection of this class of machines, in nearly all of which the continuous or crank motion prevails throughout...

Scientific American September 16, 1865



US 12.754                           Earle Harry Smith

Improvement in Sewing Machines

Assignor to Wheeler& Wilson

April  17, 1855



US 20.739                           Earle Harry Smith

Improvements in Sewing Machines

June  29, 1858



US 21.089                           Earle Harry Smith

Improvements in Sewing Machines

August  3, 1858



US 53.353                           Earle Harry Smith

Improvements in Sewing Machines

March 20, 1866



US 59.088                           Earle Harry Smith

Improvements in Sewing Machines Shuttles

October 23, 1866



US 96.160                           Earle Harry Smith

Improvements in Sewing Machines

October 26, 1869




...These sewing machines are made by the  Continental Manufacturing Company ,  No. 18 Beekman Street, (A. W. Goodell, Agent, Box 3,631), New York. The patent for this invention was allowed on  Sept. 7, 1865; the invention has also been patented in great Britain and France, and other foreign patents are pending.


1865 British Patent

GB 848                                Earle Harry Smith

Mechanical Engineer, of Sherwood, in the county of Hudson, State of New Jersey, in the United States of America, for an invention of improvements in sewing machines which improvements also involve or comprise a new mode of manipulating the threads of the needle and shuttle in forming the  lockstitch.

                                                                     25th March, 1865





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