58. Nichols & Bliss, Boston                       Class 3d. Howe's Patent

This is a good working Machine, though more complicated than others of a later invention. Mr. Howe, we believe, is one of the earliest pioneers in this department of labor-saving mechanism and were it our province to examine beyond the actual merit of the Machine exhibited, it might become our duty materially to vary the conclusion to which we arrive in regard to relative merit.



309. Nehemiah Hunt & Co., Boston                               Class 3d.

This Machine works equally quick and as well as any of the Machines in this class. Is more simple in its construction than any of the others. Being exceedingly so, we therefore recommend a:

Silver Medal


US 8.914                 Nehemiah Hunt & Alfred Swingle         April 27, 1852


Christopher Hodgkins Assignor to Nehemiah Hunt

US 9.365                                                                         November 2, 1852

US 10.622                                                                              March 7, 1854

US 10.879                                                                                  May 9, 1854


US 10.354                    Sherburne  C.  Blodgett           December 20, 1853

assignor, by Mesne assignment, to Nehemiah Hunt


US 11.284                        George A. Leighton                        July 11, 1854

 assignor to Nehemiah Hunt


310. W. D. Chamberlain, Lynn, Mass                          Class 4th.

This Machine makes the same kind of stitch as No. 474 and is adapted to the same kind of work, which it performs with equal despatch and perfection. The lower needle is straight, or only slightly curved and is operated simply by a cam. For its simplicity and perfection we recommend a:

Silver Medal


Chamberlain Dexter H.           US   23.900    Leather Splitting Machine

Chamberlain Dexter H.           US  188.281   Loom Shuttle

Chamberlain Orange M.          US   30.189    Sewing Machine Plaiter

Chamberlain Orange M.          US   37.342    Sewing Machine Attachment

Chamberlain Orange M.          US  139.657   Sewing Machine Plaiter


400. Frederick R. Robinson, Boston                             Class 1st.

Improved Sewing Machine

This Machine operates its needle on the reciprocating, or vibratory principle and is fed with a cam; makes every variety of ordinary, or domestic stitch, back, running, side and edge or over-and-over stitch and is adaptable to almost every variety of family and tailor's use; sewing a plain, or fulled seam; sews leather of ordinary thickness as well as other machines; makes no noise, comparatively. The needle is easily threaded, being threadable while the machine is in motion. It runs with less friction on the thread than is caused by the ordinary hand-sewing, the thread being tightened after the stitch is made; works the ordinary two-cord silk; is adjusted with great accuracy, in a simple manner; makes a back stitch that cannot be ravelled; the thread is less raised on the side of the sewing than by any other machine we have seen; works rapidly and, in short, in our judgment, possesses more good qualities than any other machine on exhibition and we consider it fully entitled to the first premium, a:

Gold Medal


US 7.824                         Frederick  R.  Robinson         December 10, 1850

GB 13.494                       Frederick  R.  Robinson            February 7, 1851



408. John A. Lerow, Boston                                              Class 3d.

This Machine received a Silver Medal and high commendation, at the last Exhibition of the Association. 


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

Reissued        RE188     January 14, 1851



474. Grover, Baker & Co., Boston                                 Class 4th.

These Machines make what we consider a knit chain-stitch and have the usual feed motion. The lower needle is circular or spiral and is operated by a cam and segment. They perform their work quickly and perfectly and are only limited, as all the three latter classes of machines are, to one kind of stitch. For the superior manner in which these machines are made and finished we recommend a:

Silver Medal

US 7.931           W. O. Grover  &  William E. Baker       February 11, 1851



476. John P. Bowker Jr., Boston                                    Class 3d.


Dorcas Sewing Machine

made by     American Sewing Machine Company

This machine works quick and does its work well. The shuttle has a curious motion in the plane of the surface of the machine.



489. Butterfield & Stevens, Boston,                             Class 2d.

by Edward Arnold, Agent, Boston

Wax-thread Sewing Machine

This Machine is used principally for sewing leather and other heavy stuffs, uses a single wax-thread, works quick, makes a loop stitch and is a good machine. We recommend a :

Silver Medal

US 11.240                            William Butterfield                      July 4, 1854

Assignor to Butterfield & Stevens


628. J. E. & Edwin A. Forbush, Ashland, Mass.       Class 1st.

This Machine is designed for sewing and stitching leather, of any thickness and performs the part of an old cordwainer with great ease. The Committee are not fully satisfied of its practicability, but it may be justly considered one of the most ingenious machines on exhibition and may lead to very important results. We think the inventors deserve, for their patient and untiring skill and ingenuity:

Gold Medal 


US 12.402                          Edwin  A.  Forbush              February 20, 1855

 The above machine was the one presented at the

1856 BOSTON VIII Exhibition