I won’t bore you with the history of the distinctive Willcox & Gibbs chain stitch sewing machines. However, I will regale you with a little “accessory” knowledge. While you may run across Willcox & Gibbs machines, you are less likely to run across their accessories (and will almost never come across their needles).
Unlike the universal accessories of the ubiquitous Singer or White machines, the Willcox & Gibbs machines require a totally different attachment that was designed for a totally different method of operation. Some accessories, like needle wrenches, were included with the machine while others were sold individually or as sets in tin boxes. The rather uncommon tin accessory box shown below was difficult to acquire (and in such beautiful condition), but it was worth the time and effort.
This tin box was sometimes sold with later versions of the machines that included an electric motor (which looked like an afterthought). Other accessories were sold independently. The tuck marker and ruffler shown below were not included with typical machine.
The ruffler came in the original shipping box from Willcox & Gibbs. I’m not sure how much Mrs. F. Dearden used it, but the ruffler is in mint condition.
The tuck marker was used but is still in excellent condition. I don’t have the original shipping box for it.
I’m not sure of the exact manufacture date of these accessories and will never know for sure. You see, the Willcox & Gibbs offices suffered a fire that destroyed all of their old records.