Dating frister rossmann sewing machines
The needlebar and presser bar have pear shaped tops rather than round knobs.
Smaller base wing nut, larger needle bar clamp nut.
The two business partners, Gustav Rossmann and Robert Frister had started their sewing machine business by copying existing machines such as the American Wheeler & Wilson and Willcox & Gibbs under license from the original manufacturers were well known. The only problem with the American machines were that they were across the other side of the world and shipping was time consuming and expensive.
European manufacturers had a clear advantage in price. Frister & Rossmann settled down to manufacture high quality sewing machines for many decades.
It is no secret Frister and Rossmann and other sewing machine manufacturers copied the very popular and petite Singer Model 12 Family Sewing Machine. Frister and Rossmann featured the Trade-Mark Berlin center medallion until WWI.
They advertised the Frister and Rossmann as the Silent Cam Action Improved Lockstitch, and in sometimes went on to claim it was the Improved Singer 12. After the war started British sewing machine dealers (agents) quietly removed the Trade-Mark Berlin, but ontinued to sell them. I'd like to give it a week, and with the new oil crank it a few minutes each day.
Frister & Rossmann chainstitch machines are as rare as hens teeth today and often confused with W&G's machines.The story of Isaac Merritt Singer will blow your mind, his wives and lovers his castles and palaces all built on the back of one of the greatest inventions of the 19th century.For the first time the most complete story of a forgotten giant is brought to you by Alex Askaroff.However to add more confusion, all the models that I have seen have very low serial numbers.I can guess that all the Chainstitch F&R machines must have started their production run at zero and not just joined in on the other machine numbering.