Last night I went to look at another Franklin (supposed to be in very good condition for $30), just a regular treadle. Opened the top, the twisted cable broke, the machine dropped down and a piece of the bottom broke off. If I hadn't had the parlor Franklin, I wouldn't have known that it's a solid metal band that lifts the machine. It had broken before, evidenced by the screws in the bottom piece. It had been electrified with a motor and light. The motor's cord was badly damaged. Veneer was missing. If I hadn't just bought the parlor one, I might have been tempted, but when you have something that nice, it's hard to pick up something that needs a lot of work. The Franklin is my Christmas present.
Domestic made it for Sears from 1910-1920 and White also made the Franklin VS for Sears in the same time frame. I don't know how to tell the difference between the two.
Originally Posted by J Miller
Pretty machine and cabinet!! Sorry, can't help with date~