FRISTER & ROSSMANN
Transverse Shuttle Hybrid
ROUND BODY OR HYBRID SEWING MACHINE N.10
was this the first one?
TSH model J
s/n from 1.543.464 (1916)
This serial number # 1.679.586 put the above sewing machine long after the WWI but in the instructions book there is a new label with E. & O. Quitmann address in London.
Is under the label a german sole agent or the old W. Pierssene London based address ? If it was Pierssene's address, we can think the machine production started with the beginning of WWI.
note: the front head inspection plate is the old style ended in 1912, although it will be back with machine made after 1925.
TSH model J variant 1
s/n from 1.664.261 (1923) to 1.664.712 (1923)
TSH model K
s/n from 1.673.256 (1923) to 1.690.627 (1925)
The old serial numbers end with 1.700.000 circa and the new serial numbers start from 3.660.000 circa
In this year the history of the Frister&Rossmann company ended. It was taken over by the Gritzner company from Karlsruhe, Durlach,which later merged with the Kayser company from Kaiserslautern in 1931.
TSH model after 1925
From 1920 to 1928, Oliver Quitmann was agent for England and Colonies, had his offices at 18 City Road, Finsbury Square, London EC1.
From 1925 serial numbers were re-numbered.
From 1928 to 1939, Oliver Quitmann, Agent for England and Colonies, had his offices at 23 & 24 Little Britain, Newgate St, London EC1.
In 1929 Frister & Rossmann was in dissolution and serial numbers were re-numbered again.
TS D s/n from 914 (1929) to 198.062 (1939)
the serial number
# 250.000 could be
1 Sept 1939
Imports stopped between 1939 and 1945 then after the war the U.K. importer, Quitmann, with offices located at 350-356 Old Street, London, EC 1, bought all the rights to the Frister & Rossmann trade marks and became a British registered trading name.