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The three men had all worked together at the giant Clemens Muller Sewing Machine Factory in Dresden.
It was there that they came up with the idea of their own business.
The badge has the great Titan standing over the factory holding a sewing machine.
The case often has the gold awards that this small machine had won during its impressive reign from Milano in Italy, Bremen, Bodenbach and Leipzig.
For the first time the most complete story of a forgotten giant is brought to you by Alex Askaroff. The older generations of family didn't think to ask, and we younger generations only speculate: Frederick was an educated man, knew Latin, so evoking the goddess of fire and hearth is quite possible.
Vesta: My great grandfather Frederick Berryman emigrated out of Prussia-Saxe Coburg, Thuringia area (now Coburg County in Bavaria) in 1850, one of many leaving after failed 1848-49 unification effort. It was the then for postmasters to submit a name their post office or community to the US. Also there was a mid-1800s riverboat into East Texas named The Vesta, which he probably traveled on from Galveston to Sabine County TX.
It did not last long as by 1880 all three men had parted and built up their own businesses making machines.
The name Vesta comes from the Roman goddess of fire and the hearth, which is perfect for a machine that was forged from the great German furnaces.
As well as the vibrating shuttle models mentioned they also produced oscillating bobbin machines model E, F and G with a barrel or cylindrical arm.The older machines are far more ornate and fetch good prices at auction.There is a keen collectors market for the best ones.The Vest model no 5 sewing machine took the same needle as the Singer 12 and used a boat shuttle. When working well they make a superb stitch and cope with modern fabrics with ease.The value of the machines depends on condition and age.