Friday, 3 August 2012
Little Wanzer? There's old ... And there's old!
Totally out of the blue my FiL, B, said he had something for me, used to belong to a Great Auntie Edith (there were several 'greats' but we couldn't establish quite how many). Just wow ...
I think it is a Little Wanzer Time Utilizer machine, but don't really know much at all, having just searched a bit on the internet.
We made a family tree album for my FiL a couple of years ago and, given the info B has I think the machine dates to about 1870-80. We know from the census that 2 ladies in the family were milliners at the time. Given the cost of sewing machines (equivalent to buying a car now) this would have been a really considered purchase which seems more likely if it was to earn a living.
I honestly feel overwhelmed to have this - and it works! A very big Wow :)