Medal - but is it a winner?
the words "Gold Medal" used in sewing machine context, and
collectors will automatically call to mind quality 19thC produced
machines. But perhaps they now have to think again.
It was reliably reported to me that last summer, machines
looking suspiciously like black coloured versions of the commonly
found British produced 20thC "Essex" were circulating at the
world's largest antique fair at Newark, UK. These mysterious
Singer 20 lookalikes sported a gilt decal giving the name
I recently noted that for the first time, one changed hands
via an Internet sales page.
Just this week, a lot containing not one, but two, of these
machines was offered at a leading UK provincial auction house.
They were catalogued incorrectly as being of German origin,
but with suspicions obviously aroused, the auctioneer simply
described them as "reproduction" at the sale itself.
Whilst not in any way claiming great knowledge of miniatures
or toys from the 1950s/60s, it seems to me that these models
have suddenly appeared from nowhere. Have I really been missing
something for all these years, or is this simply a recently
I will update this page if anyone can tell me more.....
case you were wondering, the two at the auction made just
£10 for the pair.