FRISTER & ROSSMANN

(F.B.)

Fiddle Base Sewing Machines

from 1873 to 1888

In 1875 from a German newspaper say ... F&R the largest sewing machine factory in Europe , 90.000 of these sewing machine are already in use .

 Staal's Sewingmachines

http://home.halden.net/gamle_symaskiner/f&r.htm

 

GAMLE SYMASKINER

The above website say to have a F&R with the serial number 70252 # 4325

So according to the figure of F&R production from the german newspaper the FB model , copy of Singer Family 12 , could have been in use from 1973-4 circa.

The company may have started selling this model as a treadle in Germany.

s/n  70252 # 43252
s/n 70252 # 43252

110.000 sewing machines  probably made at the end of the year  1875

FB 1   s/n  from  70.000 circa (1874)

           FB 1 ............. serial number 158.167 # 18.167 ...... 128 london wall ...,... 1878
FB 1 ............. serial number 158.167 # 18.167 ...... 128 london wall ...,... 1878

FB 2   s/n  from  200.000 circa (1880) 

s/n    213.068 # 56.068 ............. 128 london wall ...... 1880
s/n 213.068 # 56.068 ............. 128 london wall ...... 1880

April 13, 1881              240.000   sewing machine were made

F&R introduces this new special device for automatically disengaging the bobbin when  it is reeled, and comprises a special arrangement of "Carter's valve " and guide frame for facilitating the introduction of the thread. In a short time a new version was made.  

August 6, 1881              250.000   sewing machine were made 

F&R for the occasion made some expensive special sewing machines.

FB 3  from 240.000 (1881)   to   278.529 (1882)

s/n  278.529 # 104.529  .............   128   london   wall   .............   1882
s/n 278.529 # 104.529 ............. 128 london wall ............. 1882

FB 4  from 316.356 (1882)   to   505.874 (1886)

s/n 342.006 # 149.006   .............128   london   wall   .............   1883
s/n 342.006 # 149.006 .............128 london wall ............. 1883

FB 4b                                         1883

s/n 322.934   #   135.934 ........128 London Wall .......... 1883
s/n 322.934 # 135.934 ........128 London Wall .......... 1883

FB 5  from 464.883 (1885)   to   561.259 (1888)

s/n 498.627 # 262.627   .............   128   london   wall   .............   1886
s/n 498.627 # 262.627 ............. 128 london wall ............. 1886

Hermann Loog was in charge up to the end of December 1886 . On January 1887, Samuel Loewe was the new company's agent, based in 127 London Wall. Last serial number badged 128 london wall is 540.177 and the first serial number badged 49 fore street is  539.711 . F&R may have stopped sending machines to Hermann Loog at 128 London Wall at one point but for sure they did not stop the production in Berlin ! How many of those machines in stock at 128 London Wall , badged or not badged went they back to F&R ?

550.000 sewing machines probably made ​​at the end of the year 1886

FB 6

s/n  561.276  #  310.276 ...49 Fore Street  London..... 1888
s/n 561.276 # 310.276 ...49 Fore Street London..... 1888
s/n 569.923   #     317.923
s/n 569.923 # 317.923

The serial number of the above sewing machine is the last of the model F.B. .

I named this sewing machines FB 6 only for the simple reason that their hand crack knob is ceramic.

If anyone has this model with serial number most high, I'd be happy to add it to my archive and to the web.

FB ............. s/n ... 507348 # 270348

 

The above treadle was maybe one of those made for the special occasion of a total production of  500.000 sewing machines .

In England you could find mostly handcrank sewing machine with the treadle purchased separatly .

I dont know how many different decals were made for the german customers or exported but not to England .

49 FORE STREET

 

 

SEWING MACHINES BADGED  49  FORE  STREET 

 

 

from  s/n     539.711   #   293.711

 

 

to  s/n         561.276   #   310.276