I did end up getting a VS2 manual from ISMACS - thanks for sharing the link, that's great. Beats getting ripped off on eBay!! (for a scanned/copied manual, I mean)
My serial number is 13302814... it dates to 1895. I think you might have done what I did (at first) and looked at the list back at the millions (eg) 1,000,000 numbers when our serial number are actually in the ten millions (yours: 14,816,344) which would mean your machine dates to 1897 - almost exactly the same time as mine Does it have the same decals and everything? - that's really cool. How does yours run/sew? I have got mine going now but I think the treadle irons & pitman are stiff - I've got no experience on how to free them up nicely so I'll be trawling the internet today for tips!