Table lamp made from a vintage Naumann sewing machine and a vintage table lamp. Unfortunately I can't date the sewing machine as I have been unable to find a list of dates and serial numbers. The machine is still completely functional and comes with accessories shown. I also have the wooden cover which will be included in the sale if required (but may incur an increase in postage cost.)
Whilst holidaying in Kent I was browsing through an antique shop when I stumbled across some old sewing machines. I have made items from Singer machines before but for some reason this Naumann machine was speaking to me! I decided to go for a coffee and to search online for more information on this brand before making any rash decisions. However en route to the cafe I popped into a thrift shop and lo and behold there was a vintage lampshade which would compliment the gold patterns on the side of the Naumann. It was destiny....Returning home and creating the lamp, it turned out better than I could have possibly hoped.
The SuN Adder is a chain adder which was made in Germany from about 1910 until the early 1920s.This SuN Adder has serial number 10451. It comes in a nice case, and with a stylus made ofBakelite with a metal tip.
It has a register consisting of 9 parallel number wheels on a single axle. This is the mostcommon size, but there is also a 13-digit version as well as special versions for Britishcurrency. Each wheel in the register is driven by teeth attached to a chain belt that passesunderneath the wheel. On the front of the machine is an open panel which gives access to thenine chains. The visible chain links are numbered, having the digits 1 to 9 engraved on them.You can use a stylus to pull a numbered link all the way down to the bottom of the panel. Thisadds the chosen digit to that digit in the register, and the register will automatically carrywhen a digit exceeds 9.
The chains that you pull down remain in position so that you can read off the number youentered on the bottom row of the visible chain links. To add the next number you firsthave to clear the input by pressing A on the small lever at the front right ofthe machine. This releases the chains, allowing them to spring back up without affectingthe number in the register.
I have acquired a second SuN Adder, which has serial number 6551. I has no stylus or box,and the long pointer between the input sliders and the register is missing leaving an uglyhole. This machine still has the company name engraved in the metal, whereas my other one whichwas made later uses a decal.
This adder was made by Seidel and Naumann. In 1868 in Dresden, Karl Robert Bruno Naumannzu Königsbrück founded a company based around his small mechanics workshop. There he madesewing machines similar to Singer. A year later the businessman Erich Seidel heavilyinvested in the company, at which point it was renamed Seidel und Naumann. That nameremained even after Seidel left in 1876.
The XX calculator was based on the classic Thomas de Colmar machine,the Arithmometer, butincluded a variant with buttons instead of sliders for inputting numbers. The XX andthe SuN were both designed by Bernhard Carl Max Behr, who led the calculator division ofthe company. Bernhard Behr had a history in both manufacturing and marketing calculators, ashe manufactured the Arithstyle for Henry Goldman in Berlin,made and sold his own chain adders the Greif and the Argos, and sold machines from various othermanufacturers. He died in 1917.
I have found very little specifically for the SuN adder, but there are someads from the early 1910s for Seidel & Naumann's other products. The two olderDutch items are an announcement of the trademarks that S&N is about tostart selling their \"improved Singer\" sewing machines in the Netherlands,and a reply notification from Singer's lawyer that they are not allowed to use theSinger name in any way to sell their machines.
There are some big names that spring to mind when you think of sewing machine manufacturers. Many of them have an interesting history. We took a look at the history of the big guns in sewing machine manufacturing to piece together a timeline.
Enter the sewing machine. The first-ever sewing machine was invented in 1790, by an Englishman of the name Thomas Saint. It was invented during the Industrial Revolution to decrease the amount of work that manual sewing took.
The 1800s were huge for sewing machine manufacturers and was the starting point for many of the major names. This was the boom of the sewing machine. Many different models were made throughout the early 1800s as an improvement on the original in 1790. The first widely-used sewing machine in 1829, invented by a French tailor called Barthelemy Thimonnier.
In 1851, one of the biggest names in sewing machine history was founded. An American company named I.M Singer & Co was established. Founded by one Isaac Merritt Singer and a lawyer from New York, Edward Clark. In 1865 they changed the name to Singer Manufacturing Company, becoming The Singer Company almost 100 years later in 1963.
The next major player to join the league was PFAFF in 1862. This was a German company founded by Georg Michael Pfaff. The first PFAFF sewing machine was handmade, specifically for sewing leather in shoemaking.
In 1872, Swedish company VSM Group (Viking Sewing Machines) joined the running. It was previously known as Husqvarna, founded in 1689 as a royal arms factory. The need for ordering rifles was at a low. Finding it difficult to get orders, the artisans made a more bloodless product to manufacture. Thus, Husqvarna and Viking sewing machines came to be.
In 1921, Janome was founded by Yosaku Ose in Japan. Originally the Pine Sewing Machine factory and renamed to Janome Sewing Machine Company Ltd in 1954. Janome has made their name as leaders of innovation. They were the first to develop a home-use, computerized sewing machine in 1979, as well as the first to offer embroidery of professional style at home in 1990. Thirteen years later, they were also the first to offer a long arm quilting machine for use at home.
In 1934, Elna, a Swiss brand was founded by Dr. Ramon Cases Robert, a Spanish engineer, and Andre Varaud. Another company to begin with a much more somber purpose was Ateliers Mecaniques de Precision Tavaro SA. This was an export division of Tavannaes Watch Company. The company was known for artillery fuses used commonly in the German 88 mm anti-aircraft gun. Tavaro, at one time responsible for 11% of Swiss military sales to Nazi Germany, shifted to a more peaceful industry. Their first sewing machine left factories in 1940 due to an interruption by the Spanish Civil War.
1938 saw Juki founded in Tokyo, Japan, one of the leading sewing machine manufacturers which initially produced industrial sewing machines and only more recently getting involved in domestic sewing machines.
This is a list of notable sewing machine brands and companies. A sewing machine is a machine used to stitch fabric and other materials together with thread. Sewing machines were invented during the first Industrial Revolution to decrease the amount of manual sewing work performed in clothing companies. 153554b96e