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Thread: Is it real, or is it a clone?

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    Senior Member olebat's Avatar
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    Is it real, or is it a clone?

    This machine looks like a 25 clone to me, but the seller says it has been in his family for generations, bought about 1920.

    The selling price is $2580.00. It is in Athens, Greece. A serial number, JA91 4118 is stamped on the under carriage.

    Any one able to find info on this? I'm getting blanks.


    Here is the link.http://www.etsy.com/listing/12688693...sewing+machine
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    It looks to me like the modern reproductions being made in India. They make treadles and handcranks also, for the market without reliable electricity. I sincerely doubt they cost that much, more likely a few hundred.

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    My bet is a modern 15 clone also.

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    Might as well make it unanimous, it's a clone. A nice machine, but a clone non the less.

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    It's not even worth $258.00 let alone $2580.00. And then risk getting a machine from Greece to the US ...

    Perhaps the Greeks are exploring new ways to build their economy. Lord knows they need it.
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    Run fast away from that one! It is definitely a clone. I wouldn't give $20 for it.

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    Be sure this is not some sort of scam.

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    I also vote for clone. It may sew nicely, but it sure isn't worth more than $100, if that. Probably more like $35 to $60 around here. No collector's value.

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    In my opinion,

    It's NOT rare.
    It's not a collectible.
    It's not valuable.
    It's most certainly not antique. Antique is 100 years or more. This might have been 1950s, and I'm giving it a lot of leeway. It could have been made last week, in India.

    I think the seller subscribes to the theory that there is a sucker born every minute. Don't buy it.

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    Greece? That alone would concern me. With the state of that country and their ethics with regards to their conscience, it wouldn't surprise me for it to be a very good imposter.

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