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From the Harry Berzack Museum. The Tabitha was the invention of Thomas Herbert Martin of George Street, London, England. It was first patented in London in September 1886, in France, Germany, Norway, Belgium and Sweden in December 1886. Spain followed in March 1887, Victoria, Australia in April, Italy in May, New South Wales, Australia in July, Austria-Hungary in September 1887 and lastly the USA in March 1888.

The machine was designed to be a compact, simple and cheap chainstitch machine, the frame being preferably punched or stamped and bent in one piece from sheet metal and secured to a base plate. Tension adjustment and stitch length regulation were possible. At least three variations/modifications were made to the model.

According to Bays it was manufactured by the Manhattan Brass Company in America. In England it was sold by Daniel Judson.

Cheap Machines.

Compare with the Pearl.

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