An ultra rare antique Victorian sewing machine that is full of History... it includes the Coalbrookdale Willcox & Gibbs hand crank assembly. The crank displays the special markings to say it was cast in Coalbrookdale, where the industrial revolution all started in the 18th century.
The Busy Bee Serial No. 4267. Manufactured by The Busy Bee Sewing Machine Company, 5 New Street, Worcester. The firm was known to have been producing sewing machines between at least 1872 and 1879 and was run by Alfred M. Baylis.
(A bit of sewing history) Commonly used in the Victorian home, this third hand clamps to a table while the beak holds the fabric to be sewn. Depressing the tail releases the beak enabling the fabric to be repositioned or removed. Before the invention of the sewing machine, clothing, sheets, and other household items were sewn by hand, this handy little clamp was often used for hemming.