Salesman sample manual washing machine / painted iron / c. At under 12 inches high, this miniature late nineteenth century mechanical washing machine was likely carried by a travelling door-to-door salesman to demonstrate the benefits of the allegedly labor-saving device. Designed with a simple gear mechanism, the washer operates by hand-cranking a wheel which spins the interior agitator, operating under the lid and out of sight. Still requiring significant manual exertion and questionably effective, it does not seem likely the newfangled device would save the purchaser much effort.Good antique condition, with paint loss, scratches, and a slightly bent top-loading door (see pictures). For more pleasing and peculiar objects, follow "oldasadam" on Instagram and Facebook.
And if you find yourself in New England, be sure to visit my brick and mortar store in Portsmouth, New Hampshire. The item "Antique Salesman Sample Washing Machine c.1890s Great Old Paint" is in sale since Thursday, October 18, 2018. This item is in the category "Antiques\Mercantile, Trades & Factories\Other Mercantile Antiques". The seller is "oldasadam" and is located in Portsmouth, New Hampshire.
This item can be shipped to United States.