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Mkwatts

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Hello. I saw this machine at a local antiques mall. They are asking $135. The shuddle and bobbin are there and decals are 85%. The cabinet has been refinished. I wondered if any of you would help me identify it and advise if this is a good buy or if it overpriced. The serial number is pictured. Odd to me they put it on the slide plate considering that could be lost. It looks like it is from 1920 on the fiddle base site. If I am reading their listings correctly. Thanks for any info or advice. Marsha

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Farmer John

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Marsha, my reference states that Minnesota A  (#9-3500000) was made by Davis, and takes a #15x1 needle.  Yours being outside of that s/n range, I have no info.  Some sm will have the s/n stamped on the bed, under the slide plate, as well as on the slide plate.  The price is a typical midwestern antique mall figure, but not outrageous.  They might take an even $100 just to get rid of it.  "Minnesota" was a Sears Roebuck trade name.  The sm could have been made Davis, Domestic,  White, or others.
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Diana

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I have 2 Minnesota As and love them both
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jon

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This Minnesota A was made by Davis in late 1911 or early 12.  Like John mentioned it uses 15x1 needles.  $135 is not unreasonable but it never hurts to dicker.

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Mkwatts

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Thank you. Would this model be a copy of the singer 127? Or is it too early for that? Are the needles difficult to find?
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jon

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This Davis Minnesota A is not a 27 copy but looks similar.  15x1 needles are just common family machine needles that are still available.  It uses a Davis shuttle and bobbins which are not made anymore but are available on ebay.

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