This past Tuesday I had an AAUW committee meeting in Crystal Lake. On the way home I stopped at the Volo Antique Mall . The last time I was there was in 2012, as chronicled in this post .
I did not buy this treadle sewing machine. The spoon-carved cabinet caught my eye.
I had never heard of the brand "Alvah." ISMACS, the source for information about old sewing machines, has this article about Sears, Roebuck machines. Though there is no "Alvah" in the list of Sears models at the end of the ISMACS article, Alvah was Roebuck's first name and the machine badge says Chicago. Surely this is an early Sears machine.
It is fun to read about people's vintage sewing machine collections, but I will maintain my role as an admirer rather than an acquirer.