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Olaf

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I may bid on this 1866 Grover & Baker no. 9 machine. It has mother-of-pearl inlays, and was delivered by the company Johan Hammer in Trondheim in Norway in 1866, serial # 140XXX. 

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All images I have seen of the no.9 with a hand crank, have had a cast iron base wih 4 feet, like Caroline's machine here: 
https://www.victoriansweatshop.com/post/show_single_post?pid=1308881617&postcount=1&forum=501752

I wonder, is the wooden box a local adaption, or did G&B deliver the machines like that?

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Olaf, I can't say that I went to the end of the internet but I haven't been able to find a wood base like the one in your pic.  However, it looks as tho it was designed specifically for the G&B. The cutouts for the spring, driveshaft etc look too good to be a one off.  Also has the drip pan.  I've seen other bases similar to this one that would drop into a treadle, attach the belt and sew away.  This may be one of those.  I wouldn't be surprised if someone here knows for sure.

It look like a nice machine. 

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Dan

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Good luck.   That would be a wonderful machine to have.

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Thank you, Dan and Janey. I noticed the text on the site below, that G&B produced iron-frame machines, fine cabinet models, and portables. The portable models I have seen on pictures, looked more clumsy than elegant. But, G&B was he first, or one of the very first, to provide portable models, so this could perhaps be a later model than those I have seen on photos.

https://www.fiddlebase.com/american-machines/grover-baker-smc/dating-grover-baker/

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Olaf, congratulations.  That's a handsome machine!
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That G&B is amazing, I hope you win!!
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