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1902 Hand Sewing/Embroidery Machine - brass/wood


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This is an item my wife picked up at antiques market; she thought it was some sort of medical syringe (she collects old medical instruments). She paid $10 for the item even though she wasn't really sure what type of "syringe" in might be...

Well, it turns out that it isn't a syringe at all. From the markings on the item - "Patent A. Jarmai Wien IX" - a Google search turned up only one reference to the item: 1902 Jarmai Brass &Wood Hand Sewing/Embroidery Machine

So, made in Austria; the patent supposedly was registered in Belgium. Measures about 8-10 inches long; about an inch or so in diameter at the widest point of the handle.

Anyone know anything more about this thing... Especially possible value?

(I almost posted it as a Brian Wolfe lotto scratcher contest!)

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