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British Industrial History

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Willcox and Gibbs

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Advertising sign.
1894. Exhibit at Armley Mill Museum.

of New York. British factory in Glasgow.

Office and Sales Rooms - 135 Regent Street, London.

Sewing machine makers.

Willcox approached Brown and Sharpe to produce a trial batch of machines, and tentative production began in 1858. The machine was an instant success, and B&S continued to produce the machines for many decades.

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