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Friar_Tuck

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Today I did something I rarely do. I bought a machine on impulse. There are darn few VSMs within a couple hundred miles of where I live so I was amazed when I stopped in a little shop on the way to our hunting shack to plant some apple trees and came across this beauty! A quick check showed the shuttle and bobbin in place, with a great inlayed cover that had the key, and it cranked over smoothly. I was hooked! I will get better pics and do some research when I get back home, but anything you can tell me about it would be great.
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Jim. You will love this Frister and Rossmann. I have three F &R hand cranks and they are the best sewers you can have. This is my go to machine. They are smooth and quite and make a wonderful stitch. You are a lucky one to fine this.
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Thanks Skipper,
I was just looking at a site that has one that looks identical, but with a higher serial number, and is listed in the 1870s, I may finally have a Victorian Era VSM!
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What a wonderful find!  I love mine - such nice stitches and cranks like butter.  Enjoy!
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100% Victorian -  I would guess 1885/1886 

and Skipper is spot on.  F&R is the BMW of the early sewing machine world

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Oh man, you guys are so right! Wound the bobbin, which in itself is a work of fine engineering, love that winder. Thanks to the manual on this site I figured out how to thread the shuttle. Put some thread to the needle and it sewed like a dream right from the get go. Now some time cleaning and oiling, and a bit of shellac rejuvenation, and it will be in a place of pride in my office, where I can sew with it regularly.

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Nice find! 
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When it comes to needles, what do I look for?
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12X1 or Boye 23
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I love this machine. I also have three of them and would snatch up the next one I see in a second.
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Spent some time with a ball of cloth and some 1 1/2 pound cut shellac. One more evening tomorrow, and wax next week.

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That is beautiful.

Interesting wood. A quick glance at the picture - it almost looks like a wild animal with three nostrils.

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My Opel handcrank has very similar wood for its cover.  LOVE those European cases!
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That's beautiful!
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