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This just arrived. There's a lot of damage to the gesso around the frame and staining to the document. I'm gonna have to do some research and find someone who is particularly skilled in document restoration on this one.

It's date is 1860

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That is way neat.  I hope you can find someone that can improve it, but even if it can't, that is a fantastic find.

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Thank you. I agree. And I'm gonna adopt the physicians philosophy of do no harm 1st.

I've put out a request with a couple of different groups that I know might have contacts with people who have professional experience with document conservation and restoration. There's always hope.

Now to ponder which machine was in the competition...

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That document is fascinating, and it's in the right hands finally. It's also interesting to me anyways to note that physicians and Wiccans share the same philosophy, lol. Which, of course, reminded me that once upon a time I knew one of the latter that worked in document conservation and restoration...
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Do you have good biographical info on Johnson? I found an excellent reference for Clark a while back, but it didn't say much about Johnson at all.

And, I think you need to contact the Smithsonian and request a scan of this:  https://www.sil.si.edu/DigitalCollections/trade-literature/sewing-machines/CF/search-results.cfm

"Trade card featuring A.F. Johnson's gold medal double thread sewing machine"  "Imprint: 1860?"

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I agree with Jim, that document is now in good hands - glad you have it.  It will be a wonderful display in your collection and I'm sure you will be able to restore or at least duplicate digitally to get to the original form.
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Mike from Wolfegangs was kind enough to share photos of the machine that this refers to.  

91110949_633521770762144_344666495529254912_n.jpg  91287278_816449438867071_2440940977876107264_n.jpg 


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Neat.  I wonder how many of those still exist.

I've told Mike he should publish a reference book.  Help persuade him!

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Neat.  I wonder how many of those still exist.

I've told Mike he should publish a reference book.  Help persuade him!


I'd buy one in a heartbeat!!! 

Along the same lines, does anyone know if Alan Quinn of Needlebar exists in real life?  If there's a reference library I miss dearly, it's the Needlebar Picture Library..sob.  Not sure why the rest of Needlebar is still up, but the picture library is gone.   

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I miss the NeedleBar Picture Library Archive, too!  

Some of it (unfortunately not all) was saved on the Internet Archive.

Link: https://web.archive.org/web/20160428223103/http://needlebar.org/cm/index.php?cat=2

It's missing many of the pictures, and all that useful information that was in the captions.
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alwen -- Is there a picture or more info about the A.F. Johnson machine on needlebar?  Or maybe, I guess, you were you just pointing out that some of needlebar is still available.  In any case -- thanks for the link.  It's easy to forget that at least some of it is still available.

(And thanks for reminding me of this thread -- I was just wondering about A.F. Johnson's machine the other day, and had forgotten there were photographs.)

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Sorry, yes, I was just pointing out the bits of Needlebar saved in the Internet Archive.

By way of apology, here is an ad for the A F Johnson machine, published in the Atlantic Monthly Advertiser, November 1866.

(This ad section in the back of the volume starts with an ad for Burnett's Cocoaine [sic], for Promoting the Growth and Preserving the Beauty of the Human Hair.)

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And this is interesting, is this the same Gold Medal Sewing Machine Company?

Acts and Resolves passed by the General Court of Massachusetts in the year 1882, page 8

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Yes, it definitely is the same company.  Excellent find.  

The relationship between the Gold Medal Sewing Machine Co.  and Johnson, Clark & Co. is a little mysterious, and I think, intermingled.  But it's definitely the case that after Gold Medal designed the "New Home" sewing machine in 1877(ish), it became successful enough that they changed the name to New Home in 1882.  As you've found.

Very cool.

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I just did a little patent digging, and came up with this list of patents by A.F. Johnson.  The search was from 1850 through 1871. The text descriptions are mine, based on a brief skim of the patent text and images.

Interesting that the patent cited on the medallion of the machine pictured in Mike's picture has nothing to do with the technology of the machine.  It's actually self-referential, and refers to the design patent that cover Johnson's logo trademark:  an image of the medal he won in 1860, below the words "Gold Medal Sewing Machine".

So when Johnson went into business with Clark, it seems he brought along the "Gold Medal" name as well as the rest of his patent portfolio.


    single thread locked chain stitch, using barbed needle
        11/25/1856
        https://patentimages.storage.googleapis.com/43/7e/92/fe3255eb4b894c/US16120.pdf
    regulated spring drive for a sewing machine
        12/23/1856
        https://patentimages.storage.googleapis.com/a9/bd/fc/3946daa93712b2/US16315.pdf
    improved hook/needle driver for chain stitch
        1/13/1857
        https://patentimages.storage.googleapis.com/29/86/68/9aaaaadd15a056/US16387.pdf 
    improved chain stitch looper
        6/22/1858
        https://patentimages.storage.googleapis.com/5b/db/aa/b2245873cff9a2/US20686.pdf
    locked chain stich, and the machine to make it;
        both 1/24/1860
        https://patentimages.storage.googleapis.com/88/cc/39/0b5fbc39bb7854/US26906.pdf
        https://patentimages.storage.googleapis.com/03/a2/31/a0c5dccd7c1dd2/US26948.pdf
    two needle three thread (one lower) machine (with a bit of zigzag?)
        1/22/1861
        https://patentimages.storage.googleapis.com/cb/70/f4/b0c3c01cdc46c8/US31209.pdf
    design patent for his trademark logo, based on the gold medal he received 
        from the "Massachusetts Charitable Mechanic Association during the fall of 1860"  
        5/28/1861
        https://patentimages.storage.googleapis.com/c3/ad/1e/1b589ce906b452/USD1426.pdf
    machine using a puncturing awl and open-eyed hook needle for
            sewing with wax thread in very heavy goods (e.g., leather)
        4/12/1864
        https://patentimages.storage.googleapis.com/eb/ec/9c/3e4a917a239e4b/US42292.pdf


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Great Research, Thank you for posting that!!
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