Posted 5 years ago
I got this sewer from my husbands 93 year old grandma's house as it was emptied.
I sent a message to Finnish National Board of Antiquities and got an answer like this: "The text shown on the machine "E.J.Herlin Helsingfors" means a clocksmith Erik Johan Herlin (Aikala since 1906), who moved to Helsinki from Kotka in 1888 and did business, for example sold sewing machines in a sewing machine store, opened 1.10.1888.
He advertised ia. in 1897's Huvudstadsbladet-news paper Victoria sewing machine made in Durlach, Germany made by Gritzner (worked since 1872). Name Victoria was generally used trademark back then.
Gritzner's sewing machines were also copied that the Finnish newspapers warned about. Papers told, that the original Gritzner was able to identified by a golden plate with a spider logo and Gritzner name.
With these little pieces of information I would say, that the machine is a Victoria-named copy of Gritzner from 1890 or from very beginning of 1900's."
My machine's "golden" plate has a lion on it and name of letter "CP" on lion's left side. Under lion a text "marque depossee". The lion is not like the Peugeot lion.
Would anyone know anything about this beuty? I would like to find out more about its history.