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History from "The Growth of a century: as illustrated in the history of Jefferson county, New York from 1793 to 1894" by Haddock (1894) describing early Davis history and reasons for leaving Watertown.

Davis Serial Numbers

Dating Indications List collected and provided by Jon Helig

100,000 machines sold in 8 years (dated 1878)

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SERIAL DATE MODEL OTHER INFO
96839 11/15/1877 Bill of Sale LAVF Baker & Eberly, Mount Olive, Virginia
255354 1882 Type 2 Watertown
129201 7/10/1879 Bill of Sale LAVF B & E
135092 9/29/1879 Bill of Sale LAVF B & E
138414 11/7/1879 Bill of Sale LAVF B & E
142394 1/14/1880 Bill of Sale LAVF eBay
142580 1/14/1880 Bill of Sale LAVF eBay
148849 3/25/1880 Bill of Sale LAVF B & E
153284 4/29/1880 Bill of Sale LAVF B & E
159041 6/22/1880 LAVF B & E
181850 12/20/1880 Bill of Sale LAVF B & E
258905 29 December 1882 VF1
265578 5 May 1883 / Smithsonian
327754 26 September 1885
356045 13 November 1886 VF1
368663 26 May 1887 VF1
425662 10/2/1889 Warranty VF1/New High Arm Watertown
506031 5/7/1891 VF1 Dayton
514922 20 August 1891 VF1
530537 1892 VF Dayton
549905 21 August 1892 sold 9/20/1893 VF1 sold 20 August 1893
564883 2 June 1893 VF1
609141 11 October 1894 VF2
671835 29 Dec 1900??13 Feb 1901?? Warranty Underfeed or Manufacturing Dayton (eBay)
687896 2/8/1897 Warranty VF2 Craigslist
693138 9/1896 8/1897 VF2 Quilting Board
697797 11 August 1898
762942 6/7/1899 VF2
780429 19 October 1900
1014371 10/25/1902 Warranty VF2
1033080 29 December 1903 VF2
1048371 12 August 1904
1065173 10/18/1905 VF2
1086386 5/10/1907 VF2
1089317 9 August 1907 No.25 cost $65
1139638 D 5 December 1908 Minnesota
1231283 D 20 October 1905 Minnesota A
1258110 D 27 April 1906 Minnesota A
1299428 D 7 September 1907 Minnesota A
1506246 D 9 December 1904 Minnesota
1053443 1905 Type 4 Dayton
2201824 D 29 April 1907
2414588 27 July 1909 VF2 Sales Receipt
2728909 25 October 1913 NVF
2729701 9 December 1913 NVF
2746591 5 November 1914 NVF Warranty
2782702 4 August 1915 NVF
2786326 18 November 1915 NVF
3652732 D 2 February 1912 Minnesota A
3655873 D 10 April 1912 Minnesota A
3708448 11 September 1916 NVF
3735183 3/18/1918 NVF
3736719 27 March 1918 NVF
3655902 17 May 1919 NVF
3757234 23 May 1919 NVF

Vertical Feed Machines

Serial #681615

Courtesy of Crystal

This is a High Arm Vertical Feed (the fourth type developed). Made in Dayton, OH. It has rounded corners, a spool pin to the center of the arm with manual tension facing the operator instead of mounted on the arm. Underneath the machine VF is cast into the base.

Vibrating Shuttle Machines

Serial No. ?

Courtesy of Billy

Badged as The Marathon No. 3. Typical Davis bobbin winder, treadle belt groove on outside of hand wheel, Tree of Life carvings on case. No motor, hand crank or treadle belt holes in base. Model to be determined.



Davis Underfeed Model Reference

Courtesy of Jon Helig

Source: 1908 Excelsior Supply Co. - Manufacturers & Jobbers of Sewing Machine Supplies

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Davis Parts Catalogs

Courtesy of Jon Helig