BRITISH PATENT 1.373 - 1857
1.373 Frederic Whitaker, Islington, London, improvements in the construction of machinery for sewing and embroidering. This invention consists chiefly in the application to sewing machinery of the mechanical arrangement, or a modification thereof, used in the manufacture of looped fabrics and known as the needle (or hook) and presser, in combination with an eye-pointed needle for the production of various descriptions or sewing or of tambour work.
Petition recorded. May 15, 1857