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The Howe Sewing Machine Company had factories not only in Bridgeport, Connecticut and Glasgow, Scotland, but also in Peru, Indiana, with branches in Paris, Berlin and St. Petersburg.

In the 1880s The Howe Machine Co. Limited had offices at 46 & 48 Queen Street, Victoria, London and Avenue Street, Glasgow where N P Stockwell was in charge. The Directeur Général for France was Victor André with salesrooms at 48 Boulevard Sébastopol in Paris (no mention of a Paris factory), he later also imported Davis machines.

Read about the Life and Death of Levi S Stockwell (and the Glasgow Howe factory):

In addition see Howe Sewing Machine Company Album under British Manufacturers (Little Howe etc)

In 1882 there are two listings for Howe in London:

Howe Machine Co. Ltd, manufacturers of sewing machines (managing director, N. P. Stockwell), 46 & 48 Queen Victoria Street, EC; manufactory, Avenue Street, Glasgow and Howe Sewing Machine Co. (the first established in England); sole depot for the celebrated original Howe Machine, Prize Medals: - "London, 1862", "Paris, 1867". Speciality of hand sewing machines. No other address in London, European office, 27 Holborn Viaduct, EC.

In 1884 the Howe Sewing Machine Company is listed at 27 Holburn Viaduct, EC, whilst the "Howe Machine Company (Lim) (Elias Howe jun, original inventor of the sewing machine and founder of the Company), 46 and 48 Queen Victoria Street & Glasgow, Liverpool, Manchester, Birmigham, Newcastle, Bristol, Dublin, Belfast, Cork, Leeds & Brighton. Gold Medal Paris Exhibition, 1878. Also manufacturers of the celebrated 'Howe' bicycles and tricyles." With another entry "Howe Machine Company (Lim) manufacturer of the celebrated 'Howe' bicycles and tricycles, 46 & 48 Queen Victoria Street, Gold Medal, Amsterdam.

In other words the Howe Sewing Machine Company was different from the Stockwell's Howe Machine Company.

Later, the New Howe Sewing Machine Company is listed at 4 Finsbury Circus, EC. (of course, this was the address for New Home's agent...)

Seeking further information....

Courtesy of Claire Sherwell

Howe Shuttles

Shuttles & Bobbins

Courtesy of Claire Sherwell

The early shuttles are taken from a catalog from late 1879-1880. The column on the right has shuttles taken from parts books from the late 1890s/early 1900s.

Both the early and later Howe G shuttles are shown.

Shuttle For Identification


Courtesy of Bill Grewe

This shuttle was patent # 285,418 applied for in Aug 1882 and granted Sept 25, 1883 -- R. Leavitt -- for the Howe Machine Company of Bridgeport CT. It measures 2 inches long.

Howe Machines

Howe Hand Machine

Courtesy of Rinjko Fekkes

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Howe Model G - New Howe

Courtesy of Claire Sherwell

Manufactured by the Stockwell Brothers from c1883 to c1886. It was created by Rufus Leavitt.

Machines bearing this logo were made by the company under the leadership of the Stockwell Brothers i.e. the sons-in-law of Elias Howe (not the brothers-in-law of B.P. Howe as Charles Law's book states).

The Life and Death of Levi S Stockwell

"We confidently recommend for Family Use, and light manufacturing purposes. The great name "Howe" is identified with the invention of the Sewing Machine and its development in the minds of people all over the world. That alone is a magnificent advertisement, and dealers should be able to sell the "New High Arm Howe" ahead of all other machines. It is a new machine throughout, differing in every point from the machine heretofore manufactured by us, and we claim the following special features over all other machines: It has the most room under the arm. The perfect Howe stitch. No holes to thread except the eye of the needle. The easiest shuttle to thread. The most perfect take-up. The loose balance wheel. The largest bobbin. Absolutely no vibration. The most perfect tensions. It is the lightest running. The easiest to learn. The easiest to manage. Noiseless. The most pleasing in appearance. Made by the Howe Machine Company, Bridgeport, Conn."

Howe Model G - New Howe

Serial #306240 (number under slide plate)

Courtesy of Kelly Pakes

Manufactured by the Stockwell brothers trading as the Howe Machine Company from c1883 to c1886. Last patent 1886, but the main machine was created in 1883 by Rufus Leavitt on behalf of the Howe Machine Company. Whilst the name on the arm is Howe, the case of the machine reads New Howe and the bed has The H M Co. Thought to have been manufactured for only a few years. This was the last family machine model produced by the Howe Machine Company. The logo of Elias Howe on the shoulder face the needle bar, whereas on earlier machines it points to the opposite direction. It reads Elias Howe Jr. Inventor and Maker, New York, USA.