FRISTER & ROSSMANN
The Willcox & Gibbs Chainstitch Clone
For sure these beautiful sewing machines were made in a Limited Edition.
Why so much effort to make different variations ?
Were these sewing machines commissioned by someone very special ?
Type 1-2, are sold with a simple wood cover , similar to the original W&G .
Type 3-4 have following the company style .
In 1870 the Willcox & Gibbs made by F & R was advertised.
with a very low serial number this sewing machine is an early example of this kind
The porcelain knob was introduced on F&R sewing machine between the end of FB production and the new TS sewing machine (1887), the same time when S. LOEWE became the new sole agent for the company.
Type 3 has a new stitching plate, Frister&Rossmann logo on the base and maybe more variations . This type is easy to date just because the wood base and the cover was used by the company from 1899-1900 circa. So the wood base and the cover may have been inspirated by the existing models or viceversa.
This model differs from the previous to the addition of the porcelain knob.
On this machine there is not Frister&Rossmann logo.
With an high serial number but similar to the first type this sewing machine make our research more interesting.