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I was just given this "Bartlett Rotary" Treadle

I was just given this "Bartlett Rotary" Treadle

Old 01-18-2013, 10:28 PM
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Default I was just given this "Bartlett Rotary" Treadle

and the minute is came in the house, my Youngest (19) claimed it... She spent the next hour gently cleaning it down with oil....

The previous owner is a business man who is moving and had no room for this. It used to belong to his grandmother...

I could use ANY information about this machine/company.
I know they are "Hibbard, Spencer, Bartlett & Company" of Chicago, and that it was the company that started the True Value Brand (Sold it in 1962)









Check out the "swing" plate....

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Old 01-18-2013, 10:36 PM
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Amazing. Congratulations!
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Old 01-18-2013, 11:32 PM
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I would say that machine is a branded product of the National Company. It sure has pretty decals and in nice shape.
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Old 01-19-2013, 12:58 AM
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I have no info for you but: my, it is beautiful!
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Old 01-19-2013, 02:59 AM
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I don't really want anymore machines but I'd certainly make room some where for a beautiful cabinet like that if I ever came across one!! Both things look great.
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Old 01-19-2013, 05:04 AM
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I agree; it's a National. I have several with that distinctive swing plate over the bobbin, and that general body shape. They all have different names, although one doesn't have much of a name-it's just a 'Rotary A'.

Those are beautiful decals! I don't blame your daughter one bit for adopting it.
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Old 01-19-2013, 05:41 AM
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i'm glad to hear I'm not the only one who has a kid that claims one (or more) of my machines as soon as they walk through the door. My 14 yr old daughter has claimed my Singer 185, one of my White treadles, my white FW and my baby blue Ambassador clone...and she also has my vintage Bernina in her room.
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Old 01-19-2013, 07:39 AM
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I would have claimed her also. Everything is beautiful about that sewing machine.
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Old 01-19-2013, 07:44 AM
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I so not have any info on machine, sorry. It is sure a beauty!!!!!
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Old 01-19-2013, 08:52 AM
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According to the Encyclopedia of Early American Sewing Machines, the "Bartlett Rotary" was manufactured by the National Sewing Machine Company.
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