Frister & Rossmann

Frister & Rossmann is a German manufacturer of sewing and embroidery systems. Some of the early 1900s manual sewing machines were ornately decorated.[1]

Frister & Rossmann
Privately held company
IndustrySewing and embroidery systems
Founded1864 (1864) in Berlin, Germany
FoundersGustav Rossmann
Robert Frister


Frister & Rossmann was founded in 1864 in Berlin by Gustav Rossmann and Robert Frister.[2][3]

The UK importer was sued by the Singer company in 1883.[4]

The company became Germany's largest sewing machine manufacturer, until 1902.

The London agent was shut down during World War I.[5]

Currently, the company is owned by SMD Retail Limited, the parent company of Sewing Machines Direct.


In the 1880's, the company was awarded at various international exhibitions, such as those in Sydney, Adelaide, Crystal Palace, Amsterdam, London, Melbourne, Edinburgh and Berlin.[6]

See also


  1. Frister & Rossman (1905), Manual Sewing Machine - Frister and Rossmann, circa 1905, Museum Victoria, retrieved 15 January 2018
  2. "Antiques & Collecting: Whether called a hod or a scuttle, old coal carriers can double as furniture today". The News-Times. 2010-03-19. Retrieved 2017-07-21.
  3. "Frister & Rossmann: History of a German Giant Or Gustav & Bob's amazing adventure". Retrieved 2017-07-21.
  4. Weightman, Hugh. “House of Lords. The Singer Manufacturing Co. v. Loog.” The American Law Register (1852-1891), vol. 31, no. 8, 1883, pp. 509–522. JSTOR, JSTOR,
  5. "TRADING WITH THE ENEMY". Commonwealth of Australia Gazette (76). Australia, Australia. 29 June 1916. p. 1448. Retrieved 15 January 2018 via National Library of Australia.
  6. David, Best. "Frister & Rossmann". Retrieved 2017-07-21.
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