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Scroll saw advertisement

Fleetwood Scroll Saw
1875

"Runs easily as a sewing machine"
So claimed an ad in the November 1873 issue of "American Agriculturist" magazine about the Fleetwood scroll (jig) saw. The lavish design of the foot-powered saw promoted the idea of a woodworking machine as a piece of parlor furniture--much like the sewing machine, which had been adopted 20 years earlier. Men, women, and children used the saw to make the gingerbread scrollwork that Victorian Americans were fond of displaying around their houses.

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US Patent No. 162,588 by Trump Bros., Wilmington, DE, 1875
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