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I got this one for free today, with nice treadle cabinet and coffin cover (not a drop head sm).  The arm decal is "American Union", the bed decal states "Good Luck".  Makes me wonder if this was intended for a wedding.  Both ISMACS and  the NB needle book state the mfg as New Home, and using a Boye #4 needle, which it does.  I can't find a sm with similar features in the NB picture library by which I can identify the model.  Some of the features are...
Square bed corners
Pillar is squared
Top of the arm is flat
faceplate is nickel plated
hinge bosses are not drilled.  Instead, there are tiny pivot holes drilled at the back edge of the bed on both left and right sides.
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Sews great, and with a delightful ker-plunk sound almost like a babbling brook.
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Nice machine. Would love to hear the babbling Brook plunk.
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may I suggest that you peruse here: http://www.needlebar.org/nbwiki/index.php/New_Home_Sewing_Machine_Company

EDIT: However, "I" could not find a match in a quick view.

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the foot lever helps to date it.    It's got a lot of similarities to the "New Home New Style" on the site Steve posted - the "old style" has a very different feed lift lever.  I have a manual for the New Style one.   It's the same as the one for the Old style,  but they whited out the where the end of the old style lift would have been visible in the drawings.  In  the next version of the manual,  those pictures are changed to show the new style lift lever.

that squared pillar is very interesting.  I don't think New Home was putting model numbers on their machines at this time. 

Another thing that helps identify New Home - take off the foot and the needle bar should have a "step" in it.  the part that goes into the foot is smaller in diameter than the rest of the needle bar.   I think New Home is the only one I've seen like that, but I concentrate on US made machines.

 

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that flywheel has me curious - because it's like New Home,  but not the same.  I wonder if this isnt' someone else's machine made to copy New Home.   But then it could be a slightly different model made by New Home to someone else's specifications.

or it's a machine where someone took it off a round corner base and put in on a square corner base so it would fit.   I can't tell well from the pictures,  but does it look like the edge decals on the bed match the decals on the head?  

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Another question- what is the size of this machine?  New Home machines are on the small size when compared to most,  though you can't tell that from a picture.


After looking around,  that flywheel is the one New Home used on the square edge machines.   I'm not at home so couldn't run out and look.   And it took a while to find a picture online

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The head is a standard full size with over 8 inches of throat.  Here are photos of the cabinet.  I am now going to try to identify the treadle irons.  New Home doesn't seem to have heads with a square pillar, so I am going to look through all of those National photos for head and treadle iron configuration.
     Perhaps the "American Union and Good luck" were political statements, 30 years after the civil war.  Davis sm had flags and a patriotic theme.
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And Steve, I looked over those NB photos so many times that my eyes went blury.  Will check out the presser foot bar.  And yes, the decals match.
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there is nothing about your machine that says "National" to me.  I've got one National machine that is made to look like a New Home,  but it's for sure National.

If you have the stepped needle bar,  along with the top tension and flywheel design,  everything about it points to being made by New Home.  

I'll check out the irons on my old square corner New Home with I get home. 

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Do you mean stepped presser foot bar, see photo ?  Also behind the faceplate, this is the only sm that I have that uses a round rod, to the right and parallel  to, the needle bar,   to maintain the alignment of the needle drive mechanism, upon which it slides up and down..  Others have a tab that runs in a slot of the face casting.  But, this is my only NH

I just looked at the NH "New Style". , which has a round pillar, rectangular needle bar, low monuted bobbin winder, and the stitch length on the bed.  All of these features are different on my macine in question.  Nice to have an enigma.
John

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The machine and cabinet are more New Home than anything else, very similar to my 1887 vintage machine but not identical.  
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John,  your first picture is what I mean,  where the foot has a smaller diameter hole and butts up against the shoulder on the presser foot bar.   Most other machines with feet that mount this way have the same diameter bar all the way to the end,  so the foot has a much larger diameter hole.

Since I specialize in attachments,  I've found that often you can get a good idea who made the machine by what attachments fit.  And interestingly enough,  the top tension.  Seems most companies have something unique about the top tension design.  


New Home did make machines with all the items you note,  and there is enough about it that I'd say it was made by New Home, but when,  why are for whom (or how many) is the question.  Maybe you have one that was a prototype or something,  and never made it into mass production.   Since I was always looking for the oddball stuff,  I've got a few that there are no pictures of them on Needlbar's site.   

It's always fun to find a hidden gem like this one!








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Thanks, all, for the input and I agree that the oddities are most interesting.  For further identification, I measured the shuttle, OD, length, ID of bobbin hole, and depth of bobbin hole.  I compared these dimensions to my shuttle dimension chart, all of which pointed to a Boye #3, which is   exclusively used in 21 New Home models, this American Union, included.  I tried a couple of Boye #3 shuttles, which fit perfectly. 
     I am including photos of the hinge system.  While the head has bosses in the casting for hinge pins, they are not drilled.  Instead, the head pivots upon these tiny pins, the edges of the bed being drilled.
With the square pillar, I have a hunch that this is a very early model and I will enjoy her unique sound.
John
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John the folks at NeedleBar are really good at this kind of ID stuff.  If you are not a member and would like me to post the pics and ask, I'd be glad to.
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Steve, PM sent.
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