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Fabulous late 19th century Singer sewing accessory box crafted exclusively for Singer/Simanco by inventor John Greist, this ingenious four-fold "puzzle box" design allows the box to fully roll out into a flat surface to reveal all the inner attachments. The exterior wood boasts its original varnished finish while the lid is clearly stamped with a patent date "PATENTED 1889 FEBRUARY 19". Constructed of solid oak with brass fittings, the interior is elegantly lined with purple velvet accentuated by fixed attachment holders.
When closed the box measures 6½" x 3½" x 3½". When fully opened it measures approx. 12¼" long. With parts, weighs 1lb. 6oz.
"Greist Manufacturing Company was founded by John M. Greist, an inventor who was employed by Singer to design sewing machine attachments. Greist is the inventor behind the iconic "Puzzle Box" attachments kit for Singer treadle machines. The patent was filed in 1889 by Greist but assigned to Singer. Greist Manufacturing Company went on to produce sewing machine attachments for many different sewing machine makers, including Morse and White.
Condition: Overall in fine antique condition. Box exhibits signs of normal wear. Other particulars:
• Box is sturdy; closing latch/clasp hardware is functional; hinges are in smooth working condition.
• Some of the attachments contain the authentic etched Singer emblem.
• Inside velvet felt lining could use a cleaning but is fully intact with no peeling or ripping.
• Inner Singer treadle hardware is included (comes with everything shown in photos), but it is not known if the 'set' is complete or not.
• This appears to be an early model since it is missing the attached 5-way metal bracket designed to hold thread.
• PROTIP: Collectors can find authentic Singer replacement parts for these puzzle boxes on eBay (search keywords 'Singer Puzzle Box').
A very interesting & collectable piece of sewing history! Read more about the Singer Puzzle Box at Wikipedia here: