It has taken six months of searching, but I finally have a full set of FIVE BOBBINS for my Singer 128k puzzle-box! Huzzah! Here they are:
Five bobbins in their holder, all in a neat little row!
This is the full and complete puzzle-box!
From Left to Right:
– Original green paper SINGER needle-packet. Filled with foil-paper, and complement of 12 needles in their little paper sleeves. (wrapped in tape to preserve it and prevent further deterioration. Needles are still accessible and usable, though).
– Clip with the original complement of five bobbins.
– Hemmer-clamp Foot.
– Quilting Foot (not part of the original box. But chucked it in anyway)
– Rack of five hemmer-feet, ranging from 1/8th inch, to 1in.
– Shirring plate
– Hole-puncher (extreme right)
– Screwdriver (next-right)
– Seam-guide + screw.
– Bias Gauge
This is more-or-less how the box would’ve appeared (there were variations on this throughout the roughly 30 years that these boxes were produced) when it was purchased, brand-new, ca. 1900. There were a total of fourteen different variations on Singer puzzle-boxes, and they were produced for Singer vibrating-shuttle machines (Singer VS2, 27-28 series) and for Singer 15 series machines. When and why they ceased production seems to be unknown.
Here’s the machine and all its other bits and pieces, along with the unfolded puzzle-box:
Other attachments include the buttonholer (big box in front of the case-lid), the blind-stitcher (left), zig-zagger (right, next to the machine-bed), and the unfolded puzzle-box! Now full and complete. And a traditional green “SINGER” attachments box stored inside the machine’s compartment under the crank-handle.