This is the most fascinating and intriguing Singer restoration project I have worked on. Its previous owner gave me some insights to start me off but it took me quite a lot of digging to uncover its good story.
Where to start ... how about the rear left leg ... which is hollow. Why would it be hollow you might ask? Well, I discovered that it provides a lovely way to hide the power cord that runs to the foot controller. But, why would there be a shelf underneath the main cabinet table? Well, it seems that the shelf once hid a treadle device (now lost to history) and when the shelf is put upright, you can treadle away--but when company comes over you can stow it out of sight. Wait a minute, why would a cabinet seemingly designed for electricity (hollow leg) have a treadle built in? I am not sure but it seems that the owner(s) adapted the cabinet over time to fit their needs, and now you have the opportunity to purchase a unique hybrid cabinet.
The cabinet has been full restored from tip to toe. As you can see from the pictures, the cabinet has a warm, rich, and inviting glow. The mahogany is truly lovely to look because it sparkles when you look at it up close and will be a wonderful addition to any spot in your home for there it can be preserved and enjoyed. The back panel is not original and the skirt that protects the machine as it sleeps inside the cabinet was cut and modified to accommodate this 15-90 (by a previous owner--another good story waiting to be written). As to be expected with a cabinet of this age (most likely pre-1930's), it has the usual nicks and some spots where the veneer has worn down, but these truly do not detract from its vibrancy. The cabinet seems to be a Singer E01 from the research I did.
This cabinet will also accomodate a Singer 15-90, 15-91, 66-16, or a 201-2 sewing machine. The distance between the center of the hinges is 9 3/4 inches. The opening measures 14 3/4 inches by 7 inches. Overall dimensions are: 26 3/4 inches by 18 1/2 inches by 30 3/4 inches high.
Your stunningly beautiful cabinet will be wrapped in a thick blanket of bubble wrap and float in a pool of packing peanuts. The box will be reinforced with two inches of styrofoam insulation on all sides. The shipping is more expensive than usual because the legs cannot be removed like many other Singer cabinets.
If you live in the Nutmeg State, Connecticut that is, we will deliver for only $25.
Please feel free to convo me if you have any questions or would like different or more detailed photos.
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