Veritas was a Roman goddess of truth. She was believed to be hiding on the bottom of a holy well, as she was so elusive. The world hasn’t changed! 😉
This beauty is by Clemens Müller of Dresden, Germany, from around 1910. Established in 1855, Clemens Müller was one of the oldest, if not the oldest sewing machine manufacturer in Germany.
This machine is a VS2, that is, a full sized vibrating shuttle machine based on Singer 127K, but with reverse. This was obviously in a treadle, but the previous owners made this neat wooden base for it. It came all oiled up, in a perfect working condition and with a jeans needle. I can just picture it: the modern plastic wonder choked on jeans, so they got out their grandma’s old friend, and of course the job was done in no time. 🙂
So no restoration required here, but I shall varnish it as I usually do, simply because shellac does not last a hundred years, and the original varnish started cracking and crumbling in places. We want to preserve those amazing decals!
The Müller hinges are not the same as those of Singer, so although Veritas is of right size, it doesn’t fit into my standard plastic cases that go into a cut-out in my sewing table. But that’s Ok. For now, I’ll just use it as a table top machine, and if I really feel that it needs to fit into that cut-out, I’m sure I’ll think of something. :-)
So, first up it’s varnishing, then motor, then sewing!