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Need help identifying Sears Minnesota treadle sewing machine

Old 10-11-2021, 04:56 PM
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I am trying to find a serial number on my Minnesota machine also. Mine does not have a letter and the only reference I can find is a date on the top support that reads Pat: March 27, 1900.
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Patrick, I would suggest rereading this thread, particularly the following - a picture would help (2 links have instructions).
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Need help identifying Sears Minnesota treadle sewing machine
Need help identifying Sears Minnesota treadle sewing machine

The location of the serial number could be a number of places as indicated at Minnesota New Model A Serial Number

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Thank you for the links- I looked in all those places I could not find the serial number. It appears that the shuttle slide plate has been replaced because it is very thin and the back slide plate is solid and heavy. Here are some photos of the machine, cabinet and swing arm supports with the date.
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Here are some photos of my cabinet and machine. I purchased it from a friend and paid way too much for it but she is having financial difficulties, so I wanted to help her.
Attached Thumbnails 20211011_191226.jpg   20211011_191358.jpg   20211011_191443.jpg   20211011_191633.jpg   20211011_191459.jpg  

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Default A few more photos

I chose to upload several to show that all the places the serial number should be, doesn't have one.
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Thank you for the pictures. Nice looking cabinet and machine.

Are you saying the patent date is on the cabinet? The close up picture is good, but not quite seeing where it is located in any of your other pictures.

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I chose to upload several to show that all the places the serial number should be, doesn't have one.
Your machine sure looks like Rhubarb's and I have inserted the picture of her Serial number. It is quite probable that the slide plates have been replaced. That was my initial thought when I saw your pictures. I have seen serial numbers under the front slide plate, but I doubt that yours was located there.

As Jon (who is quite knowledgeable regarding these machines) responded for Rhubarb's machines, I'm reasonably certain that the same would apply to your machine.

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You have an early Davis Minnesota A before they put the A in Minnesota. This is a Davis Model E, Underfeed. Davis was located in Dayton, Ohio at this time and this machine was made for Sears mail order. The A was the top of the line Sears model and would have sold for roughly $18.

Davis needles, bobbins, and shuttles are unique to Davis. The original needles were called Davis long. One popular needle brand name was "Boye" with the number 10 on the cap. The needles are close to 2" long with a flat on one side. Always best to verify dimensions on Boye tubes as sometimes the contents get mixed up. Ebay is a good place to find them.

The serial number 973011 dates to late 1901 or early 1902. Davis dating records do not exist and this estimate is from original warranty certificates. Davis started making machines for Sears right around 1900 and on a much more limited scale until the late Teens or early Twenties. Davis went belly up in 1924 due to bankruptcy.

Link to similar owners manual:

http://www.sil.si.edu/DigitalCollect...f/sil10-37.pdf
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Thank you so much for your reply, the patent dates are on the metal supports that hold the top open, I had to crop my photos in order to upload them. I will take one of where the metal supports are. In the 2nd set of photos, you can see the entire date. As I looked at it just now, it kind of looks like an "A" at the end of the year. I will use Jons suggestions of the needles and such. Thank you again.
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Okay, I found the patent https://patents.google.com/patent/US646154A/en I generally download the pdf. The OCR that is used is hard for me to read.

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Default Patent dates on metal top supports

Here is the metal supports that have the Patent date on each of them. The long metal hinge support is where they are located,
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That's neat. Thank you for the pictures. The patent doesn't include the fancy wood work on the top, but that wasn't what the patent was for.

Oh, I forgot to mention that there is a excellent thread for reviving the wood work at Cleaning and Reviving furniture(Sewing cabinets)

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