Improved Home Shuttle: Serial No. 175343.
This machine was manufactured by the Gold Medal Sewing Machine Company, Orange, Massachusetts which was established in 1860 by Johnson, Clark & Co. to manufacture sewing machines. The company introduced it's Home Shuttle machine in 1870 which was subsequently redesigned and improved.
In 1882 the firm was reorganised and became the New Home Sewing Machine Co. In 1927 the company was taken over by the Free Sewing Machine Co. who continued to use the New Home brand name but Free itself was taken over by the National Sewing Machine Co. in 1953.
Produced c1877 this machine has the serial number stamped on the front slide plate along with R K & Co. which we believe this stands for the company's agent Rennick, Kemsley & Co., who had offices at 4 Finsbury Circus, London.
This machine was kindly donated by Ruth & Malcolm Hicks.