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Thread: Gritzner treadle sewing machine

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    Gritzner treadle sewing machine

    My sewing machine has the Gritzner Patent - Durlach trademark (Spider). The serial Number is 598121. I am pretty sure it is a badged machine. It has La Silencieuse and Maurice Guigoz ,Monthey enscribed on the head and on the cast iron legs. Does anybody know the year it was made? Dixie

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    ​Sorry, not familiar with that brand.

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    It's not quite like Singer where you can just go to a compiled list, unfortunately. Many of us are attempting to gather info but for now, here are a couple good places to start. (Gotta love Google Search)

    Also I few picture would really help.


    http://www.sewmuse.co.uk/german%20sewing%20machines%202.htm


    http://www.sewmuse.co.uk/Gritzner.pdf

    http://www.sewalot.com/gritzner_sewing_machines.htm

    http://fiddlebase.jimdo.com/german-machines/gritzner/

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    I have a beautiful Gritzner hand crank have not been able to find much info. Thank You SteveH!

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    Welcome to our little corner of the QB world. Sure would like to see pictures of your Gritzner treadle. I am sure that the other addicts here would be interested also.
    Sweet Caroline

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    I would love to see the pictures of your Gritzner treadle, Dixie, and your hand crank, mighty. I'd like to see how much they look like my hand crank.
    Thanks Steve for the information on the Gritzner. I had seen most of them, but not the pdf one.
    Janis

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    When I contacted John Langdon about my Gritzner, although he said he didn't know a lot about German sewing machines, he sent me this on dating mine:

    "German machines were not well documented at all.

    The most common way of dating them is spotting an advert that says "This
    year we will have made a million machines!" - take the year the company
    started away from the year of the million sales announcement. Then divide
    a million by that number and you have a rough calculation of how many
    machines they made per year. Not accurate, but a rough average.

    With Gritzner (million sales in 1901), it worked out to 91,000 per year.

    Take your serial number away from 1 million (the first serial # if there
    are two), divide the remainder by 91,000 to give you a number of years;
    then take those years away from 1901. It's all a little bit vague as some
    people say Gritzner achieved its one million sales in 1902 - I don't know
    off-hand.

    Gritzner achieved two million sales in 1910, I think."


    I hope this will help you in dating yours. I'm still not to sure about mine as where the serial number is, there is a 7 a little farther after the rest of the numbers ad down a little on the plate. Did either of you find this with yours? I'm wondering if that 7 is a model number or something like that rather than part of the serial number. Without it, mine is from 1891, and with it, 1898. Anyway, I have an ANTIQUE sewing machine along with my vintage ones!
    Janis

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    I do not know how to send you pictures. I have them on my smart phone, but how do I get them to this site?

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    Quote Originally Posted by dixiesturza View Post
    I do not know how to send you pictures. I have them on my smart phone, but how do I get them to this site?
    Me either, Dixie. My smart phone is smarter than I am. Do you have access to a handy grand child or neighbor child? THEY will know how to transfer the pics to your computer, LOL. If not I will call my grandson and get some info for both of us. I do know that the best resolution for posting pics to the QB is 640X480 pixels.
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    I look forward to seeing the pictures. My daughter had her son, 8, looking on the net for information on her smart phone, or what ever she has, so he could teach her what to do! The kids know it all concerning computers!!

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