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Newton Wilson Company

Newton Wilson Machines

Birmingham and Great Central Depot: 144 High Holborn, London WC

Jenny Lind

Serial Number 10520

Courtesy of Rijnko Fekkes

Princess of Wales

Serial Number 31925 (?)

Courtesy of Daveofsuffolk

This hand lockstitch machine obtained the Grand Medal of Merit, Vienna in 1873. From 1877: "This admirable machine is the most perfect lock stitch hand sewing machine yet invented. It is so simple that the most inexperienced can operate it without any previous instruction, while it is incapable of derangement by ordinary use. The range of application is practically unlimited; anything that can be worn or requires stitching in a house can be executed on this machine. Price £4 4s."

Related links: Chrys Gunther's Restoration of a Princess of Wales

Princess of Wales

Courtesy of Chrys Gunther

Universal Feed

Courtesy of Richard Boughton

The bobbin winder is believed to also be made by Newton Wilson, judging by the decals which match the decoration on the Newton Wilson flywheel. The machine and winder appear to have the same accession number; 1858 19, so 1858 is the year the museum got them, are they really that old? Wilson did have a machine in an exhibition in 1862. He was in High Holborn by 1867.

Wilson's Patent Whistler

Courtesy of Claire Sherwell

The Princess of Wales model was bottom of the line at £4 4s, while the Whistler [pun on 'singer'] was £5 5s.

Wilson's Patent Singer

Courtesy of Claire Sherwell

This machine is of the general form and construction of the well-known "Singer" machine, but unlike all other Singer machines, has special patent features, which make it indefinitely their superior. It is impossible in ordinary working either to break a shuttle, or break the bevel wheels, the two great faults appertaining to every other make of this machine. It also has a new patent vibrating motion suitable to any thickness of work. The quality of the work and the finish of all the parts are unequalled. Wilson's Singer models were his most expensive.

Queen Bess

Serial Number 350745

From the Harry Berzack Museum, Charlotte, NC.

Courtesy of Claire Sherwell

This is the Queen Bess model made by Newton Wilson. Only a handful of these machines are known to exist, dating from c1868-1874. See the Princess of Wales model in the Machine Restorations album.

Model Name? Royal Elliptic?

Courtesy of Richard Boughton

Does this Newton Wilson model have a name? It's based on a Wheeler & Wilson machine. Topic