This machine is a side of the road find. Back in February of this year, I bumped into a friend who had been out walking her dog. She told me about a machine that she had seen in a back alley not far away. This is that machine (a couple of hours later!)
I haven't actually been able to find out much about this machine. The internet isn't helping me much on this one. Gritzner had quite a number of ownership changes over the years, with it's final owners being Pfaff. Even if I could make out the serial number (I've had a good guess at it, but it's really hard to read, and you can't make out anything in the photo), I have't been able to find any info regarding Gritzner serial numbers.
Gritzner machines were made in the town of Durlach, Germany. By the look of it, this machine has very similar specs to my Singer Model 27. Based on that, I'm guessing that this machine dates from around 1900, as does my Singer.
Here's a few places that I have found more information on Gritzner:
You can see from the two holes on the right hand side of the machine that is has come out of a treadle cabinet.
Work Done on This Machine
I got my husband to pull the bobbin case out to see if there was a bobbin still in it. It took a screwdriver to pry the cover off, but indeed there was a bobbin still in there, and it was in perfect condition. And it's the same as the bobbins in my Model 27 Singer. Incidentally, there was one bobbin missing from my puzzle box. Not anymore!
|You can just see the bobbin case in the top right hand corner -|
it's the shiny pointy thing!