Minisota A Sewing Machine

Old 11-12-2020, 03:35 PM
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I just naught a Minisota A Sewing machine S/N 273755 it has an electric motor drive, how old might it be?? It came in a portable caring case!! Is it worth much???
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Old 11-12-2020, 03:54 PM
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welcome aboard. You may know it was sold by Sears. Sears had many suppliers. Sewing machine prices are all over. Depends on condition , location rarity and who really wants one like you have and chicken entrails. Those of us here may see value in them, but they can go without bids at an auction.1908 Sears catalog has them in it.
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Old 11-12-2020, 04:16 PM
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Hard to tell, it's a messy area to sort out, but you have red herring in Davis models if you care to search for info. I assume you mean Minnesota A, and it was a brand Sears used on machines made by Davis. According to info on ISMACS Davis started making machines for Sears around 1899 and the Minnesota A was probably in production until around the years of WWI. This is a rough estimation of this model. t was basically a version of Singers 27 (127), and it had a long life under various model numbers, way beyond WWI. It is hard to tell when the "A" model went out, and if you compare to other machines, you will find variations on this model.

If you post a picture you might get more info. I don't think there is a list of serial numbers for these, but you can always do a bit of detective work and compare to other machines. It's not worth a lot, mostly to those who fix it up and use it. I also assume the electrical motor is a later addition, maybe even the carrying case. They came as treadles or hand cranks in portable cases.
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Old 11-13-2020, 03:39 AM
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A good analogy of what a sewing machine is worth can be found at

If you look at you will find there were five major versions of the Minnesota Model A and made by three different companies - Davis, Domestic and White. The time frame would be about 1900-1930.

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