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Q: I have this little sewing machine. It is black-painted metal decorated with flowers and scrolls. It measures 3 inches wide by 4 inches high and is stamped "Germany."

A: Your toy sewing machine probably dates from about 1900 to 1925, judging from the style and decoration. Although adult-size sewing machines first became widely available after 1850, toy versions weren't widespread until the early 20th century. You have a particularly small one. Most of the toy machines measured about 8 by 7 inches. They actually worked, and children could use them to make doll clothes. Value for a small-size toy in good condition: about $150 to $200.

Toy Sewing Machine

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