That oldest machine looks really fascinating.
Blooming 'eck! Thanks for showing this!!, but this blog is dangerous reading! I now find myself wanting an Elna Grasshopper!! How did that happen?? Wonderful industrial design though and I really like how they reduced the wings of the 'adler' into mere lines. Super stylish! But I have to be realistic - I can't collects typewriters, desk-bound pencil sharpeners aaand sewing-machines. (By the way, and feel free to call me self-indulgent, I have my sights set on a 1960 Tippa; will report back.)
Your enthusiasm is infectious :) Do give the Elna Grasshopper a try and let me know how it goes, perhaps you'll inspire me to bring one home soon!As for the '60s Tippa, I don't know if I would recommend it highly for typing, but the script typeface on this one makes me forgive all shortcomings. It is very small and portable, on par with a '50s Hermes Baby, so there is that too.
Funny, what sewing machines are to you is exactly what vintage mod TVs are to me. I hope to score at least one but my typewriter wishlist stands in the way. ( : The ornate sewing machine in the last pic reminds me of a serpent. Unusual and beautiful.
A bit more research indicates that the ornate sewing machine is a Jones Hand, and this model dates from 1890, most probably. And you will be pleased to learn that it is referred to as a "serpentine", "swan neck" or "cat back" design. Very graceful, and of course highly collectable! http://www.sewmuse.co.uk/jones3.htmhttp://www.sewalot.com/jones_sewing_machines.htm
Just the other day I noticed that. It's amazing the amount of sewing machines that appear in online auctions here in Portugal. I even found one in which the seller was offering in the same set a typewriter and a sewing machine.And that Jone Hand it's just amazing. Beautiful design.
Happily, I do not sew and am not inclined to become addicted to these machines (thank goodness).Having said that, those are very nice machines. The Helvetia is sleek and curvy. I saw a Bolex paillard 18-5 movie projector today with similar curves.The Jones Hand is amazing! My first thought was that it reminded me of the Chinese Year of the Dragon.