Frister & Rossmann

Chronological History

from 1876 to 1886


Frister & Rossmann Meets Mr. Hermann Loog



Mr. Hermann Loog , who have been in Gresham Street of the City of London for thirteen years as retail business, was appointed as agent for the
German company in 1876. He moved his retail business at 127 and 128 London Wall.

Later, in January 1886, at 126 , 127 , 128 London Wall EC . Hermann Loog was a considerable retailer, he had at one point of his business, about 30 shops.They were working on the hire-purchase system,15 shops only in London.


Hermann Loog functions were to keep F&R stock in London, and sell from it to customers. He had the sole agency for England. The terms were 5 per cent, commission and expenses. F&R continued to send machines to Hermann Loog until March, 1885, when two agreements were entered into. One was between Frister & Rossmann and Herbert Loog, Limited, and the other between

Frister & Rossmann and Hermann Loog individually.Under the agreement entered into, Mr. Loog was bound to render periodical statements. He did so weekly, but not always regularly.



Hermann Loog who was acting as an agent for the Sewing Machine Company , later Frister & Rossmann, since 1876, in a letter sent to F&R dated June 1879, he announcing the transference of his private business to the company Hermann Loog Limited.

This letter was read, and in it Mr. Loog mentioned that owing to the dispute with the Singer Company and impending dispute with his former capitalist, he thought it advisable to turn his business into a company, because in the event of non-success in these actions all his opponents would have to go against for costs or damages would be " Hermann Loog, his bones and skin."

In this year for Frister & Rossmann, winning medals in Sydney, Australia


15 April 1881


From a German newspaper say : A large trial, which is one ofthe most thriving industries of Germany's far-reaching significance, has reached its end before the London Court of Appeal and with the victory of the German company. The Singer Manufacturing Company in London had noted with unease that it was made by German sewing machine manufacturer successful competition. They decided, therefore, against the representatives of the deadlines and Frister & Rossmann factory sewing machines, Mr. Hermann Loog in London to proceed wailing and under the pretext that this company which after the Syrians "Singer" and "Wheeler & Wilson" finished commodities, thereby a deception of the public whilst he, in that they all circulars, price lists, etc. The term "Frister and Rossmann Singer machine" use. The first instance trial lasted 17 days. 45 witnesses, traders, buyers, etc., were heard. The present printed stenographic report provides evidence that a witness 26 hours . Was heard and that the cross-examination questions were asked 11.304. When the sentence was pronounced, it was against Frister & Rossmann, respectively their agents. The legal costs amounted to 6,000 pounds sterling or 120.000 M. The losing company could not calmdown with this knowledge, however, they appealed, and it was rejected after only four days of negotiations, the prosecution and the Singer Manufacturing Compagny the now imposed on 200 000 M. in adult cost . During this last trial was still noted the interesting fact that in the meantime had gone to Australia made director of the factory Singer unauthorized changes in the stenographic record of the negotiations. In the grounds said the first judge, Lord Justice James, that the circulars absolutely exclude the possibility of deception and that the name "Singer system" could not make the impression as if it were a finished commodities in America Singer machine. The German sewing machine factory in the hot battle is won thanks to this decision as English in the market have a profitable sales territory.



Hermann Loog, Limited, chief wholesale offices, 126, 127 & 128 London Wall, London and 14, Gordon St., Glasgow , promoting a variety of machines including sewing machines, perambulators, harmoniums and washing machine, household appliances and infant carriers . Also manual polyphone and cabinetto roller organ.

DECEMBER  1886  


Hermann Loog ceased to be manager for the company at the end of 1886. Hermann Loog was arrested together with his son, a boy of 18, and brought up at the Guildhall. The father was on a charge of fraudulently applying 8,000 to his own us and of illegal pledging goods belonging to Frister & Rossmann, and the son of being an accessory in the culpable omission of the father to make certain entries in the books belonging to Frister & Rossmann.