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015. 99K - Late - Black Wheel & Face Plate

#Y1477362, 1923, made in Kilbowie. Courtesy of John Snell. Oscillating shuttle, hand crank model with regular sized tension discs, stitch length adjusting knob. Machines with black hand wheels, face plates and inspection covers were manufactured at times when raw materials were in short supply and expensive, typically during and after WWI and WWII. At other times black parts were used on budget models e.g. the Singer 48K, where cost was a major factor; nickel (and later) chrome plating costs more to produce than japanning. Interestingly, on Kilbowie machines the slide plate and throat plates are usually plated rather than japanned.

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