FRISTER & ROSSMANN
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 .
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.
110.000 sewing machines probably made at the end of the year 1875
FB 1 s/n from 70.000 circa (1874)
FB 2 s/n from 200.000 circa (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)
FB 4 from 316.356
(1882) to 505.874
FB 5 from 464.883
(1885) to 561.259
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
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.
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 .
SEWING MACHINES BADGED 49 FORE STREET
from s/n 539.711 # 293.711
to s/n 561.276 # 310.276