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Sewing machine
  • Sewing machine
    Ward, Edward, born 1829 - died 1896
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Sewing machine

  • Place of origin:

    England, Great Britain (made)

  • Date:

    ca.1875-80 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Ward, Edward, born 1829 - died 1896 (inventors)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Cast iron, japanned in black and gold

  • Credit Line:

    Maja Schalburg Bequest

  • Museum number:

    M.44:1-1991

  • Gallery location:

    Metalware, room 116, case 5

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This is one of the first patented sewing machines. It has an elevated shelf to support the fabric being sewn. Such machines were marketed as essential and easy-to-use accessories for the organised housewife. An expensive machine like this would have taken pride of place in a middle-class drawing room. It is decorated with a fashionable technique called ???japanning??? ??? a type of painted lacquer.

Physical description

Sewing machine, cast iron, japanned in black and gold, with a label, engraved 'The arm and platform machine London .E.Ward's patent'. The side facing the sewer is covered with ornament, unlike the back, which is plain.

Place of Origin

England, Great Britain (made)

Date

ca.1875-80 (made)

Artist/maker

Ward, Edward, born 1829 - died 1896 (inventors)

Materials and Techniques

Cast iron, japanned in black and gold

Object history note

The functional aspects of the sewing machine do not result in an easy or regular shape for decoration, yet the side facing the sewer is covered with ornament, unlike the back, which is plain. Such decoration was essential if machines were to take their place in the Victorian interior.

Descriptive line

Sewing machine, cast iron, japanned in black and gold, England, about 1875-80

Subjects depicted

Japanning

Categories

Household objects; Metalwork

Collection code

MET

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