Thanks for the mid 1880s reference. I didn't know when they started with them. That must mean there were very few VS1 machines before the VS2 replaced it. No wonder they're so hard to find.
I still think German too. I read somewhere yesterday that around one of the wars, the plates were pried off a lot of "Berlin" machines, so that they could be sold elsewhere. I see the possibility of 2 holes right under the winder.... if this is one of them, it will be very difficult to identify for sure. The holes do look very close together though.
Doesn't Needlebar have a kitten when we refer people to their resources over there? I thought I remembered a discussion here, and there both, before I gave up on NB.
I haven't told DH yet, but I figure I sold the 15-91 this weekend, this can't weigh as much, we're less likely to need those teleposts he keeps talking about...