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SteveH-VSS

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Ok, so I got this machine last year.  The seller was a _____ and choose to ignore my advice and packed it their way...  So I have a broken machine.

The worst part is, it is a RARE machine.  How rare?  Find another, I dare ya!

In truth, I would really like to find one, even an AD for one would be great.

I have posted this on NeedleBar and ISMACS

So far, NOBODY can say for sure who made it, let alone what model it is.

NO markings,
Minimal Artwork

The top half is virtually identical to an Osborn made by the "Guelph Sewing Machine Company" in Canada.  but they have (to my knowledge) never made a VS machine like this.

The bottom half is VERY much like a Raymond (also a Canadian company)

so, is it a...
  1. hybrid/collaboration that is not documented?
  2. a model of either company not documented?
  3. a local "clone" made by a 3rd company?
  4. something totally different??
here is it before the shipment
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here it is after.....[mad]
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and here it is yesterday
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here are the innards...
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and the feed dog mechanism removed
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for comparison

here is an Osborn by the Guelph Sewing Machine Company

Note: The foot attachment nut is the same.

Osborn 1.jpg 

here is the Raymond (made in the same town as the Guelph)
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There are enough similarities between the 3 machines that I don't think it's a coincidence.  How much history is there on Raymond and Osborn?  I'm kind of wondering if they didn't all come out of the same plant with one being a secondary/lower cost brand of the other.
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Yep, that is the direction of the research I am doing.  Not too much for sure, but I am beginning to compile info into a OneNote document
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UPDATE!!  The folks at the Raymond Sewing Machine Research Project on FB gave me this tease of information

"...after speaking with a Guelph historian, Bonnie Durtnall I learned a former Raymond associate , Keable, withdrew from Chas Raymond and went in with William Wilkie, Thomas Osborne and JC McLogan to form the Guelph Sewing Machine Company. It's very possible they collaborated at some point in their history."

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