I blame it on my childhood days when we moved from place to place and often country to country as my father (a Flight-Lieutenant in the Royal Air Force) took up various postings. Whenever we moved we left things behind us. Either gave stuff away or simply left it for the Air Force to dispose of as they pleased. No charity shops to donate to then!
So, when we finally came back to the UK to live and my father left the Air Force, we had very little in the way of possessions - or at least, I did.
And so (I think) I collect. Wool, material, typewriters, plates, dolls (and some years ago teddy bears) and sewing-machines....and it is to this category that my latest acquisition belongs.
I found it at a local vide-grenier yesterday, and brought it home in triumph in the boot of the car. A splendid example of a Singer treadle sewing machine.
It was manufactured in 1923, so it is looking pretty good for its age. After I've given it a little TLC, it will look even better!
Although made in England, it was clearly intended to be sold in France, as you can see from the 'Fabrication Anglaise' in gold lettering on the top of the arm.
The copper Trade Mark plaque is still bright and undamaged...
And it also came with the instruction book...
...which is, of course, in French.
I'm not going to do anything other than gently restore it. No re-painting, no cleaning to within an inch of its life. I'm going to re-polish the table by sanding it lightly and polishing - just to get rid of the watermarks really. I imagine, by the hay and dust I vacuumed out of the interior, that it has stood in a barn for some time!
Since I only got it yesterday, I haven't had much time to deal with it, but I'll give you an update from time to time and, hopefully, you'll get to see it working again!
Maybe I'll even sew something with it...