Washing machine, 'Universal', agitator type, with wringer, metal, Landers, Frary & Clark, USA, c. 1929.
'Universal' domestic electric agitator type washing machine and electric wringer.
Washing machine consists of a copper drum, supported on three legs of pressed iron sheeting which are attached to a ring around the base of the tub, extending up the sides to a ring band around the rim of the tub. Three shaft supports to the legs above bases are supported on castors. The tub is painted light green and over painted in reddish brown, the interior is lined with nickel. The motor is attached below the tub, with separate switch casing, hand spring lever and drainage cock. A rubber coated electric cord extends from the switch casing. A galvanised oscillating disc with four raised ridges, positioned at centre base inside the drum with copper tube above with galvanised screw top for removal. The electric wringer is positioned horizontally above the tub, swings on a side shaft, which extends to the motor below. Tinned iron feeder trays either side of two [rubber] rollers. The tension is maintained by an arched strip of iron above the rollers, with central wing nut on vertical threaded shaft used to apply pressure.
Manufacturer and instruction information on switch casing, enamelled metal label SENTINEL BREAKER / PATENT APPLD. FOR / UNIVERSAL / STYLE 572873 / 4 AMP. 125-250 VOLTS / LANDERS, FRARY & CLARK / NEW BRITAIN, CONN. MADE IN U.S.A. / TO START MOTOR / IF HANDLE IS [HERE] MOVE HANDLE / OFF AND THEN ON'.
Manufacturer on side of tub, gold black and white transfer 'UNIVERSAL/ L F & C'