This assemblage is a tribute to a bygone era and features two impressive relics. A beautifully decorated Singer sewing machine made in the 1890s is securely placed on the base of a Remington typewriter manufactured around 1940.
Rolls of player piano music rest on the typewriter; the top one is wound on the original tube, the other on the typewriter carriage cylinder. These music rolls are for the song “In a Little Front Parlour”, the lyrics for which tell the story of a wedding preparation. Resting on the player piano rolls is a receipt dated April 30, 1881 for a five dollar purchase made at a William Singer sewing machine shop in London, Ontario. The receipt is in the name of Mrs. Henry Coombs — my great grandmother.
A linen and lace cloth adorns the sewing machine. The bobbin winder holds an antique wooden spool and black thread from which hangs a tiny brass bee. A hand rests on the spool pin. Black thread is drawn through the threading mechanism. The wrist is adorned with a beaded braid ribbon.
My grandmother’s broken ironstone china cup is featured on the bed of the sewing machine. The Tea Leaf pattern of the cup dates it to some time in the mid-19th to early 20th century. The broken cup holds an assortment of old buttons. Trinkets bearing company names used to be distributed as corporate advertising and the thimble beside the cup bears the name “Prudential” to advertise the life insurance company. Completing the piece are other sewing tools and a brass heart trinket. Scissors, made by Singer, are held in place by the typewriter carriage strap. A tatting shuttle, used in making lace, rests nearby.

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