Dating domestic sewing machine
Gordon & Gotch seemed a good idea at the time as they had contacts across the Globe from Australia to America.
They were the perfect people to promote the Domestic Sewing Machine through their publications much like Orange Judd with the Beckwith Sewing Machine.
You could look at a sewing machine of the 1940's and see the Domestic Sewing Machine of the 1880's.
The New Domestic Sewing Machine Factory New York with many thanks to Karen Moore for supplying it.
The London agents were wholesale bookseller's Gordon & Gotch of 15 St Bride Street, Ludgate Circus, London.
They sold the Domestic Sewing Machine for 4.4s and the treadles for 5.11s and were actively seeking other agents around Europe.
In their prime the Domestic Sewing Machine Company sold everything you needed to get you sewing, from the machine to the treadle and even sewing patterns.
All the old pioneers like Elias Howe, Grover & Baker, Wheeler & Wilson and Isaac Singer were long gone but the Domestic Sewing Machine Company was going from strength to strength.
They boasted more silver-plating on their machines than any other sewing machine company and top-quality walnut was used in their cabinets.
Adverts around 1913 boasted that the Domestic Sewing Machine Company was first established in 1861. Perkins and William Mack, used the 1863 'Mach Patent' to set up sewing machine parts production.
The business was not called the Domestic Sewing Machine Company for a few years as it was mainly making parts for sewing machines like Grover & Baker rather than complete machines. Towards the end of the American Civil War the Domestic Sewing Machine Company was formed.