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bill darfler wrote at 2006-11-19 15:40:42
Robert Barclay was a watch-maker in Paris, Ontario. He was awarded three patents for improvements to the sewing machine in the 1860's. His machines were built in Fergus, Ontario from 1875 to 1877. I don't know how this fits with the Barclay machine you write about, but he's the only Barclay in the sewing machine business that I'm aware of. By the way, Butler Bros. were the wholesaler of the machine, not its manufacturers. Think Sears, or Wards.

simidrm45844 wrote at 2015-11-28 03:54:09
Hi, I was just wondering if you found any info on your sewing machine, what model is it?

I have a Barclay model #1 with the owners manual in almost perfect condition, the outer wooden cover shows some wear otherwise it is in like new condtion.

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I have been a collector of antique sewing tools and thimbles for over 30 years. I am also a dealer in this field and sell on eBay under the name -- serengeti2. I am NOT, and I repeat NOT an expert on antique or vintage domestic household sewing machines used for everyday home sewing. I can offer help when it comes to Toy or miniature collectible sewing machines ONLY.


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