Harry Leopold (HL) Berzack was a collector of 19th century and pre-World War II sewing machines. Unlike many collectors in this field, Harry's 500-piece collection is international in scope.
Originally from Johannesburg, South Africa, Harry had worked for Berzack Bros. Ltd., a sewing machine distribution company that was started in 1931 by his father, Maurice (Morry) Berzack.
Harry established a sewing machine museum with almost 500 sewing machines in his collection at The Fox Company, in Charlotte, North Carolina.
The earliest machines probably come from the 1840s, and they're very rare. Then in the 1850s, the big names were Singer, Wheeler & Wilson, Grover & Baker, and Howe.
There were hundreds of people who made machines in different countries. Very few of the manufacturers have survived.
This is one of the world's greatest sewing machine museums and remains open today at The Fox Company.