My newest machine is also my oldest one, purchased from an octogenarian friend whose mother had been the original owner. This is a Standard sewing machine with a breadbox-looking cover. Later they made the machines to fold under the top so that it could serve as a table when not in use. The latest patent date on this one is 1887. The machine has been serviced and is in working order.
Located in Cleveland, Ohio, the Standard Sewing Machine Company began manufacturing sewing machines in 1884. Standard was one of the many manufacturers that sprang up shortly after the dissolution of the Sewing Machine Combination of Singer, Wheeler & Wilson, and Grover & Baker. Their most popular model was the Standard Rotary, which was manufactured basically unchanged from the 1880s through 1910s... The Standard Company was apparently acquired by the Osaan company around 1929 and is believed to have later been bought out by the Singer Manufacturing Co. in the 1930s.I use my other three machines (I should start giving them names) on a regular basis; the 20-year-old Kenmore (made by Janome) is in Alabama for my visits there; my little black Singer Featherweight 221 (8th grade graduation gift) for trotting out to quilting groups; and my Janome 6600, my workhorse in the Hideaway studio. My goal is to make a quilt using the above machine, partly to justify its existence in my keep-it-simple life. But as I said, we do have power outages here once in awhile, and a treadle sewing machine is a good backup.
--From The Encyclopedia of Antique Sewing Machines, 3rd Edition