Bronze Medal

319. Jones & Lee 

New York, by  Charles D. Kellogg, Boston. A Sewing Machine. This machine performed good work and is well adapted to some descriptions of sewing.

1850 sewing machine
Scientific American, August 10, 1850



The Invention of the Sewing Machine,

by Grace Rogers Cooper


"A Watson machine was exhibited by Jones & Lee at the Sixth Exhibition of the Massachusetts Charitable Mechanics Association held in Boston in September 1850".


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Silver Medal

324. Orson  C. Phelps   Boston.

One Sewing Machine. This machine performed admirably; it is an exceedingly ingenious and compact machine, able to perform Tailor's sewing beautifully and thoroughly.   

( A Blodgett & Lerow sewing machine )

US Patent 6.766   (October  2, 1849)  Blodgett & Lerow
US Patent 6.766 (October 2, 1849) Blodgett & Lerow

US 6.766

Orson C. Phelps of Boston was manufacturing sewing machines under license from John A. Lerow. The Lerow and Blodgett machine was not very practical. The circular movement of the shuttle took a twist out of the thread at every revolution.


Bronze Medal

1.464. John Bachelder   Boston.

One Sewing Machine. This performed good work and is well adapted to straight seams.

US 6.439      May  8, 1849


1.655. S. D. Dyer  Boston. One Sewing Machine.

In 1848, for a few days,  there was an exhibition held at the Merchants' Exchange of NYC, a complete Yankee invention of a Sewing Machine, invented by Messrs J. B. Johnson and Charles Morey, of Boston. Messrs  Johnson and Dyer, the proprietors for the State of New York, exhibited this machine to the Scientific American. The machine operate successfully at the rate of 500 stitches per minute. (read more)


US  6.099                             Morey  & Johnson               February  6, 1849

US Patent  6.099 - February  6, 1849  Morey  & Johnson
US Patent 6.099 - February 6, 1849 Morey & Johnson



extract from The invention of the sewing machine  by Grace Rogers Cooper


Also exhibited was the machine of Allen Benjamin Wilson.

Wilson’s machine received only a bronze medal, but his inventive genius was to have a far greater effect on the development of the practical sewing machine than the work of Blodgett and Lerow.

A. B. Wilson was one of the ablest of the early inventors in the field of mechanical stitching and probably the most original.


"From the 1850 Report of the Massachusetts Charitable Mechanic Association, the Wilson' machine is mentioned neither as exhibited or as awarded".



List of US patents up to September 1850

US 2.466                         John James Greenough         February  21, 1842

US 2.982                               Benjamin W. Bean                   March 4, 1843

US 3.389                                George H. Corliss           December 27, 1843

US 3.672                                  James Rodgers                      July 22, 1844

US 4.750                                   Elias Jr.  Howe           September 10, 1846

US 5.942                                John A. Bradshaw         November 28, 1848


US 6.099                          C. Morey J. B. Johnson        February  6, 1849

                           first American patent for a chainstitch machine


US 6.439                              John Bachelder                         May 8,   1849

(Bachelder did not manufacture machines, but his patent was sold to Singer)

US RE 617                                                                      November  2, 1858

I.M. Singer & E. Clark Assignees of J. Bachelder


US 6.766                  S. C. Blodgett  & John A. Lerow        October 2, 1849

Rotary Sewing Machine


US 7.296                               David M.  Smith                       April  16  1850


US 7.369                                 0. L. Reynolds                          May 14, 1850


US 7.622                                  B. Thimonnier               September 3, 1850