Shaw & Clark Sewing Machine, Biddeford, ca. 1865

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Shaw & Clark Sewing Machine, Biddeford, ca. 1865

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Angled view of a Shaw & Clark Sewing Machine, produced in Biddeford around 1865. This sewing machine company was owned by Charles A. Shaw and James R. Clark, both successful local businessmen who each served as mayor of the city as well. This machine, known as "the No. 5 Sewing Machine", was a small, hand-cranked sewing machine that was sold all over the U.S., and cost about $5.00. They were produced throughout the 1860's in a factory on Main Street in Biddeford near Lincoln Street. There is some controversy about whether Shaw stole the idea for the sewing machine, or infringed on someone else's patent, but that is still a mystery.

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  • Title: Shaw & Clark Sewing Machine, Biddeford, ca. 1865
  • Creator: Shaw & Clark Sewing Machine Company
  • Creation Date: circa 1865
  • Subject Date: circa 1865
  • Location: Biddeford, York County, ME
  • Media: Metal and paint
  • Dimensions: 18.5 cm x 26 cm x 13 cm
  • Local Code: 2006.20
  • Collection: Special Collections
  • Object Type: Physical Object

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